Mount Pleasant Police Chief Case Leads To 71 Child Porn Arrests

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The arrest of Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli on charges of possession of child pornography promoted a probe that resulted in 71 arrests.
The arrest of Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli on charges of possession of child pornography promoted a probe that resulted in 71 arrests. Photo Credit: ice.gov
Operation Caireen was the largest enforcement action taken against suspects who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children.
Operation Caireen was the largest enforcement action taken against suspects who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children. Photo Credit: ice.gov

MOUNT PLEASANT, N.Y. -- The arrest of Mount Pleasant Police Chief Brian Fanelli on child pornography charges prompted Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to launch a probe that resulted in the recent arrest of 71 people, including two from Westchester County, who allegedly shared child pornogrpahy on line, officials said.

Officials said Operation Caireen was the largest-ever enforcement operation in New York targeting predators who possess, produce or distribute sexually explicit images of children.

As part of Operation Caireen, which began April 4 and ran until May 15, HSI special agents, New York City Police Department detectives and other law enforcement partners surreptitiously infiltrated peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing networks to identify users in the New York City metropolitan area who sought to acquire or distribute known or suspected images and videos of children engaged in sexually explicit activities, officials said.

Operation Caireen produced several high profile arrests, including Queens reisdent Kenneth Gardner, who is a registered nurse at Westchester Medical Center, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, ICE officials said. 

Gardner was charged with romoting a sex performance of a child under age 17, possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child, and possessing a sexual performance by a child, authorities said. 

Several of the defendants facing charges held positions of public trust, including two police officers, two registered nurses, a paramedic, an au pair, and an individual who served as both a den master with the Boy Scouts of America and a little league baseball coach, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"The sheer volume of confirmed and suspected instances of individuals engaging in the sexual exploitation of children identified through Operation Caireen is shocking and the professional backgrounds of many of the defendants is troubling. We can no longer assume that the only people who would stoop to prey on children are unemployed drifters," James T. Hayes Jr., special agent in charge of HSI New York said in a statement. "Clearly, this criminal activity has reached epidemic proportions and ICE HSI will continue to partner across jurisdictions to target those adults who egregiously violate the children of our communities."


 

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You don't need to be religious to have morals. Why do people always have to put religion into every equation when things aren't going their way. If you want to believe in an imaginary invisible being, that's your right, but there are those of us who don't believe in it that still have morals and we pass those morals down to our children. If someone has a mental illness, its due to something other than not being religious. Look at those in the church and all its pedophilia. Do you really want to go there? Stop using your Lord's name in vain. No one is pushing "him" out of the lives of people who believe in that. No one can push your faith out of your life. But people need to understand that not everyone believes in the same faith. The intolerance and inconsideration in this country is despicable. Not everyone wants someone pushing their religion and their faith on them.

If you want to blame something, blame DNA. Blame science for not figuring out yet why this occurs in some people. Blame the parents for doing a really crappy job at raising their children. Blame yourself for having some sort of involvement in putting these people into some sort of position of power. Blame yourself for not being able to see past their rouse. Blame antibiotic fed animals. Blame the public school systems. Blame the government. Blame your priest, who may possibly be a pedophile, for not saving these people from themselves.

Do everyone a favor and stop bringing religion into everything. Religion is the reason for so many other fights and wars going on, it doesn't need to be brought into every single incident that occurs in this country, when it isn't what is to be blamed.

And this message was brought to you by someone raised in the church. I do not believe in any of it's nonsense, but I have a very strong sense of right and wrong. You don't need religion in your life to know that.

When God is pushed to the side, morality is as well. Mental health is part of the
equation, however without spiritual well being mental health problems cannot achieve a true and lasting cure.

As the media continues to push God and morals out of our lives, how can anyone expect better? If the media does not hold to a moral standard, how can anyone expect individuals to be anything but immoral?

And do not tell me that society does not imitate what the media portrays life should be.

This socially abhorrent behavior by men in positions of authority and influence will not end until this nation or at the very least NYS addresses the underlying reasons why anyone would be drawn/addicted to that behavior. In other words until we recognize we have a serious mental health crisis in our country that needs to be supported with real-time, quality mental health services. Additionally the pace of our society, the pressures and stressors that we face all contribute to behaviors whether socially condoned or not that are responses to these challenges. Everyone is a victim here...

These people were arrested, not convicted. Not everyone who is arrested is guilty!

I watched CH. 12 news yesterday and saw this smug lowlife walking w a woman holding his hand. I am amazed at how desperate some people are. He is beyond the beyonds disgusting and yet there is this woman walking with him in support. As a parent of three, I pray this case will lead to even more arrests than the ones reported. Glad that this is being taken so seriously and I hope they lock him up and throw away the key.

I wonder who else Fanelli shared with?