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Operation 'Lost Boy:' Feds Bring Down Child Porn Ring That Had L.A. Ties

The alleged pervs apparently thought they had outwitted the long arm of the law. Federal authorities say they set up an almost mob-like system of membership where each new man who wanted to partake had to bring an original photo of a sexually exploited child to the table. And they all used handles, officials said, to mask their identities on an online bulletin board.

But FBI agents cracked the ring anyway after they received a tip from European authorities about a North Hollywood man who was allegedly trying to find out more about sex tourism in Romania.

And thus began the downfall of the "Lost Boy" ring.

The U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles stated that the network of 35 men who allegedly like boys and traded photos included 15 suspects from the U.S. and 27 domestic victims of child abuse.

The ring, authorities said, promoted an online "grooming handbook" intended to teach men how to pick up boys for sex.

Those 15 stateside suspects have been arrested, feds say.

Those arrested include Laguna Beach suspect Anthony Jasso, 46, who authorities said belonged to a local club called "Boy Lovers."

Local suspects also include Woodrow Tracy, 65, of Sun Valley and Harout Hagop Sarafian, the 24-year-old North Hollywood man who FBI agents said sparked this whole thing.

Steven Martinez, assistant director in charge of the FBI in Los Angeles:

"The Lost Boy case represents a global subculture that exists for the purpose of trading of child pornography and other tools used to sexually exploit children. The FBI and our partners in Los Angeles and globally will continue to work together to identify these networks and to pursue charges against those who abuse children."

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