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DOJ: Man creates child porn websites, teaches men to coerce young boys

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ST. TAMMANY PARISH, LA (WAFB) -

According to the Department of Justice, a Louisiana man faces up to life in prison for allegedly creating websites that collected and distributed child pornography, taught users how to coerce young boys and also taught users how to avoid law enforcement.

Jonathan Johnson, 27, of just outside Abita Springs, is accused of having two illegal websites between 2012 and 2013 with more than 27,000 members worldwide. Officials say he was the administrator of the websites and created categories of website users; members and uploaders.

The investigation reports show Johnson required members to register with a username and password before they could download video files, comment on videos, or exchange private messages.

According to the Department of Justice, Johnson's websites also included tutorials that provided guidance to members and uploaders on ways to communicate with minor boys in order to coerce them into creating sexually explicit videos, and ways to avoid detection from law enforcement.

Information from the DOJ states Johnson used and encouraged other members and uploaders to access popular social networking sites to find unsuspecting minor boys. Johnson and other website members and uploaders created fake female Internet profiles to initiate online communication with the young boys.

According to documents, the investigation revealed Johnson's websites contained approximately 2,000 videos depicting the sexual exploitation of young boys. The case against Johnson has resulted in 10 men being charged by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Orleans. They are:

Daniel Nolan Devor, age 39, of Brunswick, Georgia;

John C. Foster, age 44, of Tipp City, Ohio;

Aung Gaw, a/k/a Michael Gaw, age 25, of Fremont, California;

Sean Jabbar, age 32, of Minneapolis, Minnesota;

Christopher Jamieson, age 30, of Douglasville, Georgia;

Andrew J. Korpal, age 29, of Granger, Indiana;

Nicholas Saine, age 27, of Seattle, Washington;

Stanley Zdon, III, age 27, of Tuckerton, New Jersey;

Christopher Schwab, age 25, of New Orleans, Louisiana;

Vittorio Francesco Gonzalez-Castillo, age 26, of Tucson, Arizona.

Devor and Foster are charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of materials involving the sexual exploitation of minors.

Gaw, Jabbar, Jamieson, Korpal, and Saine, are all charged with receipt of child pornography.

Zdon, III and Gonzales-Castillo are charged with conspiracy to produce child pornography.

Schwab is charged with production of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, and receipt of child pornography.

In addition, this investigation has resulted in more than 25 additional defendants being arrested and charged with various state and federal charges throughout the United States and approximately 160 child victims have been identified and/or rescued by law enforcement officials.

Johnson will be formerly arraigned on February 24, 2014 on charges of operating a child exploitation enterprise. He has been in federal custody since his arrest on June 13, 2013. He is represented by the Federal Public Defender's Office.

Johnson is facing a mandatory minimum term of 20 years in prison to a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.

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