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BR men arrested for child porn

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Posted: Jun 4, 2014 5:22 PM by Jason Newton
Updated: Jun 4, 2014 5:45 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: child porn, schittone, platt, sex crime

BATON ROUGE - Two Baton Rouge men believed to be involved in a child sex ring face serious charges tonight. The two men were picked-up in a national sweep.

In all, 19 men across Louisiana were busted in what's called "Operation Broken Heart." June is Internet Safety Awareness Month, and the Attorney General's office wanted to send a message to predators to stay away from kids.

"Wherever the internet touches, wherever our kids are, is a potential danger for our kids," said David Ferris, with the Attorney General's Office.

The cyber and high tech crime units are analyzing evidence from confiscated computer circuit boards and searching for more proof of child pornography.

"These were both child porn cases where people were sharing, or downloading, or transmitting images of child porn," Ferris said.

Anthony Schittone, 42, was charged with 25 counts for downloading videos to his computer. William Platt, 40, is charged with downloading and distribution. The two men from Baton Rouge are two of 19 arrested, accused of having child porn.

"Most individuals were charged with possession or distribution of child porn," Ferris said. "Some with manufacturing child porn, others with computer aided solicitation."

No one answered the door at either Schittone or Platt's listed address.

Investigators with the AG's office said keeping up with and monitoring what your children are involved in online can help protect them.

"Easiest way to look, is go to the app store, look at what most popular apps are," Ferris said. "Social media that is most popular is probably what kids are using."

The AG's office said they caught the men by posing as children online. Both have already bonded out of jail. The Attorney General said most offenders will face a minimum of ten years behind bars if convicted.

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