The charges were dismissed, and he was supposed to leave the country.But he stayed, remotely running computer systems for clients around the world, and hosting, he said, tens of thousands of websites as well.He described a series of houseguests, people he let crash in his small place from down the street, other countries. And this: “There was no children in front of the cam in my house, not even dressed, as far as I know, not even with their frigging mothers as far as I know.” At one point, he told AP the images might have inadvertently slipped in when he downloaded massive files using Bit Torrent.
Almost every case stems from the Philippines, where good English speakers, increased internet connections and widespread international cash transfer systems combine with widespread poverty and easy access to vulnerable kids.
There have been as many as three busts a week there this spring.
“Why is everyone asking about children coming into my house?
” said Deakin, 53, his wrists bound with a zip tie.
“I don’t even know what you’re frigging doing here! A member of the National Bureau of Investigation anti-human trafficking division displays bondage cuffs used for sexual acts during a raid at the home of suspected child webcam cybersex operator David Timothy Deakin.
Deakin grew up in Peoria, Illinois, he said, “around the corn fields.” His family was splintered, his sister hated him and he didn’t finish high school, he said.
(Business names in this case are being withheld because of the ongoing investigation.) Records in Deakin’s townhouse included debit cards for money transfer services, including Smart Money and Payoneer.
The raid began just before dawn, as seven vanloads of police, investigators, lawyers and social workers rolled out of Manila, past rice paddies and water buffalo, and into a town that was once a large US military base, now a major red light district.
They tied him up with the first thing they could grab, an i Phone charging cord, before he could hit the button.