Manhattan DA: Massive Child Cyber Porn Sting Ends With 26 Arrests

Accused Come From All Walks Of Life: Doorman To Architect To Teacher

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — An incredible and, frankly, disturbing series of arrests were announced by the Manhattan district attorney on Tuesday.

In all, 26 people, some who work with children, were busted for trading images of kids being sexually abused, reports CBS 2’s Pablo Guzman.

Joshua Ruiz prayed with his mother and pastor outside a Manhattan courtroom on Tuesday. He was praying because he is one of the more than two dozen individuals charged with possessing images of children forced into sex.

“These are babies. These are toddlers, and children, being brutally raped, sexually assaulted and exploited by adults, on camera,” DA Cyrus Vance Jr. said.

Cyrus Vance Jr. Says The Images Were “Feeding The Appetites Of Pedophiles Seeking New Victims.” WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell Reports.

The people accused of downloading these images of children come from every walk of life: doormen to architects. Moshe Gerstein, for example, is a corporate lawyer. Miguel Caraballo is a dishwasher at Alice’s Teacup, a restaurant popular with children on the Upper West Side. Ruiz was a substitute teacher whose last job was at P.S. 199. He was removed from the classroom.

“Mr. Ruiz was arraigned on an indictment charging two low-level felonies. He entered a plea of not guilty and denies the allegations,” attorney Mark Laykind said.

The Manhattan DA said most of these defendants did not know each other. Instead, he said, they went to a file-sharing service on the Internet that specialized in child porn and traded images of children being made to do horrible sexual acts. He said they did it in a way other people trade baseball cards.

“In some cases, the defendants expressed a desire to begin sexually assaulting children themselves,” Vance said.

The DA is now also investigating Ruiz for allegedly assaulting a 3-year-old nephew. Vance said one defendant, an architect, got a 16-year-old in Canada to see the pictures and then talked with the boy using an Internet video chat. The boy’s parents, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, were alerted.

Please stay with CBSNewYork.com for more on this developing story.

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  1. Adeyinka O mcAdewunmi says:

    I will not be suprised,if the catholic church,and all those other churches that have gone gay,are all behind this.The last place that anybody would have thought of as a staging area,where this kind of molestation of infants is being filmed are those CHURCHES.I knew of one church in particular.The basement of that church,is like a dungeon.Nobody in the law enforcent in chigaco,have the guts to follow up on the allegation of sexual abuse at that church,when i brought it up,because there are lots of so called important people behind it.The late pastor of that church,have a photo of himself and the former mayor of the city,in his office.One of the nuns that was involved quit,when she realised that,i was’nt what the church members thought i was.America is getting more sick with this sexual pervertion everyday.Next week is going to be the gay pride day.What has Obama got to say about seual abuse of kids?If you say it is ok to be gay,why is it not ok to be a sexual predator?If a man’s sexual orientation is towards another man,what is wrong with it if your sexual orientation is towards an infant? or towards a horse or a dog?America is heading towards anything goes,when comes to sexuality.Nothing is wrong anymore,when comes to sex.

  2. J says:

    Man I can’t even describe these people. They should make a new word in the English dictionary just for these folks.

  3. tom V says:

    It amazes me that at this day in age that these people ; a) Think that what they are doing is ok or legal? b) don’t get the help they need if they even recognize that they have a problem and c) think they will continue to get away with it in a digital age where everything is traceable. These monsters should have their sexual organs removed and spend the rest of their lives in jail for the permanent damage physically and psychologically they do to these kids and in some cases INFANTS? It makes me want to vomit to even think about it. And we are supposed to be a “civilized” society? With the amount of perversion and hate – it makes me wonder.

    1. soulwoman says:

      I especially like the part concerning sexual organs–fit punishment

  4. Bruce Goldensteinberg says:

    Why isn’t Tony Weiner on this list? After all, he was potentially sending nude photos of himself to 17 year olds. Who knows what else he might have on his computer??

  5. AnnJ says:

    These people should get the Electric Chair. I hope they get what they deserve in prison. Just horrible. Those poor children. Can you imagine what they had to endure??

  6. tara says:

    I tell my young daughter that ANYONE IS AND CAN BE A CHILD MOLESTER.
    LET THE POLICE GO AFTER THE ONES WHO DO THE FILMING KDNAPPING AND RAPING OF INFANTS AND BABIES —AND STOP SETTING UP PETTY DRUG POSSESIONS WHO WASTE VALUABLE POLICE TIME.
    WE NEED THE COPS TO GO AFTER THESE DISGUSTING ANIMALS

  7. doc in NJ says:

    I hope that each one of these defendants are brutally assaulted in jail DAILY

    I further hope that while they are being held down and anally raped by 4 or 5 men at a time, they get a chance to think about their wasted lives. It makes me smile when I think of the torture they’ll endure…

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