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Suspects in Child Porn Bulletin Board Continue to Enter Guilty Pleas; Defendants Used Site to Compile Handbook For Grooming Young Boys to Be Victims

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Another suspect brought in following an international investigation with strong local roots of a now-defunct web bulletin board serving as a hub and tutorial for child pornography involving young boys has pleaded guilty, according to a release issued by the United States Attorney's Office.A Georgia man is one of 16 named defendants who had roles in running or participating in the "Lost Boy" site, which authorities shut down about two years ago. The site was where about three dozen members traded images and videos of boys in sexually explicit situations.

Part of the materials shared on the forum was a handbook on how to groom potential victims, which was a collaborative "guide for adult men on how to find and groom boys into engaging in sex, how to deal with physical aspects of sexual contact, and how to move on to other victims when the current victim grew too old to be attractive."