Vast international child-porn network uncovered

11:37 AM, Aug 4, 2012   |    comments
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ENISE LAVOIE
AP Legal Affairs Writer

BOSTON (AP) - A child pornography investigation that began in Massachusetts has led to the arrests of 43 men in seven countries and identified more than 140 child victims.

Those arrested include a children's puppeteer in Florida, a hotel manager in Massachusetts and a day care worker in the Netherlands.

A stuffed toy bunny helped investigators crack the case.

The bunny had been seen in a photo of a distraught 18-month-old boy. Investigators have discovered that the bunny was a character in a children's book popular in the Netherlands.

From there, they zeroed in on Robert Mikelsons of Amsterdam. He has confessed to molesting more than 80 children.

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