Investigators in Florida say they may have stumbled upon a child porn syndicate that was being shared through the application and website Dropbox, where devious pedophiles would stash their sickening imagery to fulfill their demented fetishes towards prepubescent children.
The investigation by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) began in November, as<a href="https://thegoldwater.com/news/12363-Another-Vicious-Pedophile-Arrested-in-Florida-Get-The-Rope"> The Goldwater reported last month</a> when 30-year-old Steven Michael Truax Junior was arrested and now faces a whopping 32 counts of possession of child pornography.
Once authorities obtained a search warrant for Truax’s residence on the 2000 block of East Johnson Avenue in Pensacola, they then raided the premises and located over 200 videos of children engaging in forced sexual relations with adults.
According to the agents involved in the raid, the videos contained tiny children as young as infants and ranged all the way to teenagers.
Truax is indeed a sick bastard, with a perverse mentality that cannot be cured, as are most of these horrendous monsters who continue to prey on the most innocent of victims.
The case was then handed over to prosecuted by the State Attorney's Office, First Judicial Circuit, in Escambia County, where Truax remains behind bars awaiting trial.
That wasn't the end of the FDLE investigation though when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) tipped off authorities that Truax was using his IP address to frequent a Dropbox account.
After obtaining expressed approval from Dropbox, they found out several other IP addresses were also using that particular Dropbox, which then gave them a reason for a warrant.
Dropbox provided access to the account and listed the IPs of others who were using the account as well, where over 100 files including the similarly disturbing videos and images of young infant children being molested were found.
Authorities then located the second suspect, from Milton, Florida, which is directly outside of Pensacola where Truax was located.
26-year-old Kenneth Flores, who lived at the address, was then taken into custody and a warrant was granted to search his residence.
An FDLE agent allegedly found 24 photographs of messages, emails and Dropbox links between Flores and Truax on Flores' phone, and images and video of children as young as 4-years-old being molested and engaged in perverse sexual acts, as reported by the<a href="http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2017/12/12/fdle-child-porn-milton-man-phone-dropbox/946066001/"> Pensacola News Journal</a>.
Currently, Flores is being charged with 10 counts of obscene material possession in relation to the child pornography found on his phone that depicts children in the vicinity of toddler ages being raped.
Flores was booked into the Escambia County Jail on Monday and remained in custody on a $150,000 bond as of Tuesday afternoon.
Authorities are now examining whether this could be tied to<a href="http://www.pnj.com/story/news/crime/2017/12/05/milton-man-arrested-allegedly-molesting-child-sending-anime-porn/924101001/"> another Milton man who was arrested early in December </a>for two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior and six counts of child cruelty for allegedly sending pornographic messages to a young girl and making her perform sexual acts.
In that case, 27-year-old Joseph Diggers was detained, after police say he had the 14-year-old touch his genitals repeatedly between October of 2016 and November of 2017.
The girl told investigators Driggers also sent her Facebook messages with cartoons from a role-playing game called "Undertale" that depicted male and female characters having sex. The child told police that in at least one instance, the caption on the image read “that is us.”
Driggers was arrested and booked into the Santa Rosa County Jail on Friday and is being held on a $45,000 bond
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement agents stated there is a multitude of other IP addresses tied to the Dropbox account, but they're unable to comment on that ongoing investigation into what appears to be a disturbing ring of child pornography that was abusing Dropbox’s Terms of Service by hiding illegal content on their website.
Fortunately, it appears that the cyber sleuths at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are becoming accurately aware of the actions these pedophiles are engaged in, which is making it easier for law enforcement agencies to hunt down those responsible for the distribution of child pornography online.
One of the greatest threats, authorities say, are the usage of encryption, and also the deep web, which has become prevalent for usage by these those involved in pedogate both in America and internationally.
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