Another very appalling story involving children in the news. What on earth is wrong some people??!!
Toronto police help FBI track down six-year-old sexually abused in N. Carolina
at 22:06 on March 26, 2004, EST.
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TORONTO (CP) - Sharp-eyed police work by Toronto detectives was credited Friday with helping FBI officers rescue a six-year-old girl from years of sexual abuse in North Carolina.
Brian Tod Schellenberger, 41, of Cary, N.C., was charged this week with four counts of child exploitation and one count of possession of child pornography in a case that stunned Toronto officers for its depravity and gruesomeness.
"One of the images of the six-year-old girl from North Carolina showed her with writings on her body that said 'Kill me, I'm a slut' in some type of red liquid," said Staff Insp. Bruce Smollet. Police said the substance resembled blood.
Members of the child exploitation branch began investigating last December when they received a computer file containing 450 images of the child posted on an international police website.
They were so upset at what they saw, they became determined to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation find out who the girl was, said Smollet. All officers had to work on was a tiny wrist band and a one-millimetre blurred photograph of a school logo.
The logo was traced to a school in North Carolina where the girl was a student.
"We notified the FBI innocent images task force who immediately went to Raleigh and in fact rescued this young girl and took her away from the ongoing abuse that she had been subjected to," he said.
Schellenberger, a married father of three, was arrested soon afterwards.
Further investigation revealed he had also allegedly sexually abused a three-month-old child, Toronto police said.
Police said the investigation also led U.S. investigators to arrest a Texas woman who had allegedly been "renting out" her three children to pedophiles who travelled from as far away as England to have sex with the kids.
Â© The Canadian Press, 2003
This just further proves 'old world' stereotype profiling does not provide an accurate (nor fair) judgment of who may or may not be a crimminal, these days... Especially one as disgusting as the above accused. It is very unsettling that the minimum sentence for such a crime is only 10 years.
Bravo to the Toronto police for this one.