Grants reporter charged in child porn investigation
Posted at: 08/24/2012 11:38 AM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE (AP) - A New Mexico man has been charged in a massive child porn investigation that started in Massachusetts and has led to 46 arrests in seven countries.
Richard Dates, of Grants, a reporter and copy editor for the Cibola Beacon, was charged Thursday with possessing child pornography.
In documents filed in federal court, authorities said searches of computers owned by a Massachusetts man and a Kansas man arrested earlier this year showed Dates had chatted online with the men and received photos of children engaged in sexual acts.
Authorities said Dates told federal agents he has traded child pornography online with people in several countries.
Dates allegedly said he has discussed "fantasized stories" with other Skype users regarding "a world where young people would be raped, butchered, cooked and served" to restaurant patrons.