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Big Island child porn arrest isolated case?

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Since 2006 the State Attorney General has processed ten cases of people for possessing and distributing child pornography. There is a steady supply of potentials.

"We get about five to fifteen cyber tips a month about people who may possess child pornography. Those tips can come from the public. Those tips can come from Internet service providers," AG special assistant Joshua Wisch said.

Last week the FBI arrested John R. Tucker on the Big Island. The bureau said he produced, possessed and distributed child porn.

Wisch said there is often a link between consumer and producer.

"It's all they think about. It gets to the point where they trade for images, they get more images. And eventually they want to produce their own," he said.

The executive director of the The Sex Abuse Treatment Center said consuming child porn numbs the viewer.

"You're so de-sensitized to looking at it on a screen that now you want to take the next step, which is to actually commit that sex crime with that child yourself," Adriana Ramelli said.

Law enforcement won't say if there are other suspected cases of child porn production in Hawaii, but does say producers use their own children or others they have access to.

Tucker's accused of abusing a boy and girl. The FBI said child porn images were found on his computer.

Wisch said the volume uncovered in other cases is astounding and disturbing.

"It's not that unusual to find people who have terabytes of data, basically server rooms containing still images and video images," he said.

Wisch said children who are victims of child porn are re-victimized every time someone views them being abused. And because of the Internet those images can never be taken back.

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