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Raleigh man charged in child porn investigation

Posted October 24, 2011

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— A Raleigh man was arrested Friday in a state investigation of child pornography, according to court records.

William Blankenship, 56, of 1909 McDonald Lane, was charged with 10 counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor. He was released after posting a $20,000 bond.

The State Bureau of Investigation received a tip in August about child pornography and found that a computer used to download images since March was connected to an account at 1909 McDonald Lane, according to a search warrant.

Two computers and three hard drives were seized in a search of the home, and SBI agents found more than 200 files depicting suspected child exploitation and abuse that were available for distribution, according to a search warrant.

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  • bill0 Oct 25, 2011

    "But for some reason the SBI can't seem to track those people down & lock them up."

    You don't seem to understand how the internet works. Those sites can be hosted anywhere in the world. The SBI only has authority in NC. Porn and gambling sites are almost all hosted outside the US and are completely immune from US law.

  • love2dostuff Oct 25, 2011

    My cousin got arrested and convicted for kiddy porn for having photos of his two children, a boy and a girl both under the age of 2 in the bathtub together. Now his son is 7 and he's not allowed to go to his T-Ball games because he's not allowed to go where "children gather". At the time, I did some research on other countries and porn laws. For instance the age of consent to do adult films in Peru is 14 years old. If this guy inadvertently went to one of those sites....bingo, he's busted. How did my cousin get busted? A coworker who wanted his job called the police after seeing his screen saver when my cousin went to lunch. If any of you have pictures of your kids while they were naked you better get rid of them or you can wind up in the same boat. Let's remember this guy is accused but no convicted but there is little difference in NC between the two. My cousins lawyer suggested that he plead guilty because he couldn't afford the $25,000 it would take to defend a "not guilty"

  • doovinator Oct 24, 2011

    someone has wi-fi.

  • FWAAAAAAAAA Oct 24, 2011

    Let's perhaps explore the nature of investigating child porn.

    The big organizations, that being the FBI, Interpol, and a bunch of foreign agencies I don't know about pursue the PRODUCERS of child porn. They track the source of the initial upload of child porn. Google "jaguar computer" to get an idea of their tech.

    Obviously this is a lot of work. So, when you see cases like this man, it is typically IP addresses the bigger organizations have picked up, and they share openly with smaller organizations, in this case the NC SBI. The big wigs have no time for peddlers, so they let small time law enforcement pursue these cases.

    Chances are, this guy barely knew how to get child porn, much less cover his tracks. He was an easy target, and an easy example.

  • anne53ozzy Oct 24, 2011

    As with drivers' licenses, I think anyone convicted of these internet crimes should no longer be permitted to have an internet service.

  • Ambygirl Oct 24, 2011

    boingc-- you are correct. And that's the biggest problem. Other countries don't see the wrong in this. Why, I have no idea. It's truly sickening but they don't.

  • boingc Oct 24, 2011

    "it just amazes me how they can catch someone that is viewing this stuff at home but can't seem to catch the people that have websites with this stuff on them for people to view at home."

    word636: I think it might be because most of the websites aren't based in the United States...

  • word636 Oct 24, 2011

    it just amazes me how they can catch someone that is viewing this stuff at home but can't seem to catch the people that have websites with this stuff on them for people to view at home. If you go to any search engine & search for child pornography there are thousands of websites out there & hundreds of them actually change you for membership. But for some reason the SBI can't seem to track those people down & lock them up. It's just like locking someone up for buying drugs but the person who sold them the drugs they just can't seem to find. If they could track an IP address back to his house they can track the IP addresses of these websites.

  • LovemyPirates Oct 24, 2011

    htomc42 - I'm sure some of his neighbors would be happy to sell their homes to you.

  • dwntwnboy Oct 24, 2011

    "All this from the comforts of a home valued nearly 800k"- just shows you don't have to be poor to be a pervert. But can't see why the value of his home has ANYTHING to do with this story- jealousy maybe?

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