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Woman Says Cell Phone Purchased Online Contained Child Porn

Updated: Monday, June 9 2014, 04:59 PM CDT

CHAMPAIGN -- Ever notice how buying something used can often be a great steal of a deal? For one local woman, it led to a shocking discovery and terrifying delivery.

Newchannel at Nine's Nate Rodgers spoke with the local woman and brings us her story.

A cell phone purchased through eBay, allegedly containing child porn was reported to Champaign Police. The customer, a resident in the 400 block of East Park Avenue says it came from Maryland. She immediately turned it over to police.

Srgt. Dennis Baltzell of Champaign Police says, "It is so early in the initial phase, we don't know if the person who she purchased it from, is actually the person who would have owned the phone and possessed the alleged child pornography."

Adelaide Aime works with children that are sexually abused. She says this discovery is traumatizing.

Adelaide Aime, Exec. Dir, Children's Advocacy Center, "I can't imagine how violated she felt because bringing this sort of thing into her home or her world must have just been traumatizing and to think about the children who had been exploited," she said.

E bay has over 500 million listings on their site and they rely on a trust system to authenticate their sellers. There's no guarantee that you'll get what you thought you purchased.

But officials say there's lots of lessons here. For the consumer, Srgt. Baltzelk says, "Always know who you're dealing with, try to get receipts and things like that, things that can be tracked back to the person you're making the purchase from."

Another lesson for parents to talk to their children, says Aime, "Make sure they understand that they can say no, that no one should touch them or photograph them without their permission."

Police are continuing to investigate.


 

Woman Says Cell Phone Purchased Online Contained Child Porn


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