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Multi-state child porn ring broken-up, more Wisconsin arrests expected

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UNDATED (WSAU-Wheeler News)  Federal officials say they've broken up one of the nation's largest online child exploitation networks, with victims in Wisconsin, 38 other states, and six countries. One official said eight of the 250 child victims were from the Badger State. Fourteen people were arrested in a nationwide sting operation led by U-S immigration and postal authorities.

Authorities said the agents posed online as girls, and they convinced the victims to share sexually-explicit images of themselves. Prosecutors said the Web sites had over 27,000 members worldwide, who were producing and distributing child porn. More arrests are expected.

Immigration spokesman Shawn Neudauer in Minneapolis said one of the early arrests was in the Gopher State. Neudauer said there were 12 victims each from Minnesota and North Dakota, six in Iowa, and two in South Dakota plus those from Wisconsin. The victims were generally in their early-to-mid teens, both girls and boys from all walks of life.

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