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Two men plead guilty to federal child porn charges

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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

Two men pleaded guilty Thursday in a federal court in Shreveport for their involvement in an international child porn operation, the U.S. Attorney's Office says.

Christopher Blackford, 28, of Charleston, S.C., pleaded guilty to participating in a child exploitation enterprise and faces 20 years to life in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years supervised release. According to the plea agreement, Blackford joined Dreamboard Dec. 29, 2009, and placed 84 online bulletin board posts containing child pornography.

William Davis, 39, of Bristol, N.H., pleaded guilty to conspiracy to advertise child pornography and faces 15 to 30 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and five years to life of supervised release for his part in the Dreamboard child exploitation operation. According to the plea agreement, during his time on Dreamboard, Davis posted advertisements offering to distribute child pornography to other members of the board.

Sentencing has been set for July 29.

The United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana has courthouses located in Alexandria, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, and Shreveport. District
Judge S. Maurice Hicks presided over the hearing.

Blackford and Davis were charged in an indictment unsealed on Aug. 3, 2011. The charges are the result of Operation Delego, an ongoing investigation launched in December
2009 that targeted individuals around the world for their participation in Dreamboard.

Dreamboard was a private, members-only, online bulletin board that was created and operated to promote pedophilia and encourage the sexual abuse of very young children in an environment designed to avoid law enforcement detection.

A total of 72 individuals, including Blackford and Davis, have been charged as a result of Operation Delego. To date, 57 of the 72 charged defendants have been arrested in the United States and abroad. Forty-seven individuals have pleaded guilty, and one was convicted after trial.
Forty-two of the 48 individuals have been sentenced to prison and have received sentences ranging between 10 years to life in prison.

Fifteen of the 72 charged individuals remain at large and are known only by their online identities. Efforts to identify and apprehend these individuals continue.

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