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Feds In N.J. Charge Man With Running Child Porn Website

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announces charges against Maksym Shynkarenko - Newark, NJ - Jun 11, 2012 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman announces charges against Maksym Shynkarenko – Newark, NJ – Jun 11, 2012 (credit: Monica Miller / WCBS 880)

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NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) - Federal prosecutors in New Jersey have charged a man with founding and operating a child pornography website, WCBS 880’s Monica Miller reported.

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According to U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman, 560 customers in 47 states have been already convicted for distributing and using the hardcore site run by 33-year-old Maksym Shynkarenko.

“It featured sexually explicit images or boys and girls, ranging in ages from infants and toddlers to teenagers,” Fishman told reporters Monday.

Fishman sad the Ukraine native was tracked down in Thailand and brought to the United States after a lengthy investigation dating back to 2005 in Long Branch.

The website, allegedly called “Illegal CP,” also had other names like “Pedo Heaven,” “Dirty Nyphants,” and “Sick Childroom.”

Shynkarenko was charged in a 32-count indictment with child exploitation enterprise, advertising child pornography, transporting and shipping child pornography, and money laundering.

Shynkarenko could get 20 years to life in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Shynkarenko and two co-conspirators child porn websites and sold access to them to clients worldwide, including customers in New Jersey.

It’s unclear how many children were victimized by the website.

A message left for his Shynkarenko’s attorney, Assistant Public Defender Linda Foster, was not immediately returned.

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