A man from Granger was charged in connection with one of the largest online child exploitation investigations in the history of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Andrew Korpal, 29, faces charges of “receipt of child pornography.”Korpal is one of ten individuals arrested and charged as the primary operators, contributors and producers of material for the child exploitation enterprise.
Fourteen other men operated the child pornography website on the Darknet’s Onion Router, also known as Tor, according to an ICE press release. Those 14 individuals have all been charged as part of a conspiracy to operate a child exploitation enterprise after an extensive investigation by the ICE.
So far 251 minors in 39 states and five countries have been identified. Eight of the victims were girls and 243 were boys. According to the ICE most of the children were between the ages of 13 and 15 years old, although three children are reportedly under six years of age.
In a press release, ICE Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale said, "Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation.”