North Shore Man Mastermind Behind International Child Porn Website

On the North Shore a man is in custody accused of being the mastermind behind a child porn website that included thousands of members around the world and about 2,000 videos featuring young boys. WGNO News Anchor Vanessa Bolano has more.

Residents are shocked. Their quiet and peaceful Abita Springs neighborhood has been turned upside down.

Christie Spencer just moved here for the charm and now she’s learning her neighbor has been operating a child porn website.

“I feel very overwhelmed because I have two little ones. Supposedly this person lives on Lincoln Street, and I don’t feel very comfortable having my kids out,” says Spencer.

Department of Justice documents show 27-year-old Jonathan Johnson has been charged with operating an international child exploitation enterprise. Court documents show from 2012 through 2013 Johnson was the mastermind behind two child porn websites with over 27,000. The websites featured images and videos of underage boys, plus tutorials teaching users how to coerce young boys into creating sexually explicit videos.

The sites allowed members to either upload their own videos or download, comment and private message.

Abita Springs resident Michael Slemmer says, “It definitely concerns me. I’ve raised three kids in this area and still live in this area, me and my wife, and it really concerns me having these types in this area.”

Documents show Johnson’s websites contained about 2,000 videos sexually exploiting young boys. The case also leaves ten other men in trouble with the law. They are men ranging in age from 44 to 25; men from across the united states including one man from New Orleans.

Authorities say 25-year-old Christopher Schwab was not only distributing child porn, but he was producing it. In one instance a 14-year-old boy was filmed touching himself in a car near Bonnabel High in Kenner.

Johnson is expected in court Monday to be formally arraigned. He’s facing 20 years to life imprisonment.

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