Tarnished Badges

August 18, 2010

Mobile

Steven Giardini

Former Child Sex Crimes DA Arrested for Solicitation of Minor

Steven Giardini, former Alabama District Attorney specializing in PROSECUTING sex crimes against children has been arrested for soliciting sexual favors from a minor on the Internet.

Giardini was indicted on charges of enticement and solicitation with the intent of producing child pornography, the state Attorney General’s Office stated in a press conference. The charges stem from Steven Giardini communicating online with a girl he believed to be 15 years old. She was actually a federal agent from the FBI’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force. Giardini was released on $250,000 bond.

Giardini resigned from the Alabama District Attorneys office in April, 2009, after FBI agents searched his Mobile home and confiscated his computer. His office was also searched. Three sexual crimes against children charges were levied against Steven Giardini. All three are felony offenses and carry stiff prison sentences.

September 17, 2010

Alexandria, Virginia

Customs and Border Control route

Edwin Torres-Feliu, 49 of Woodbridge, Virginia, arrested May 18, 2010, was sentenced today to 72 months in prison plus five years of supervised release for receipt of child pornography. Torres-Feliu was identified by a Southern Virginia Internet Crimes Against Children Task force in Richmond, in April, 2010, using a peer-to-peer network to share child porn. In May, 2010, FBI agents executed a search warrant for the residence of Edwin Torres-Feliu in Woodbridge and recovered a massive cache of child porn shared by Torres-Felieu on the Gnutella Network. This was the largest child porn file-sharing case in Alexandria. (Wouldn’t have been if they had listened back in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, etc)

Note, October, 2011: Federal agents also DID NOT SHUT DOWN THIS SITE NOR ITS SUBSIDIARIES FrostWire, LimeWire, BearShare, Morpheus, Gnuclueus, and other peer-to-peer sites attached to Gnutella. However, there have been dozens of other child porn arrests over the past two years attached to this network alone. Those stories, including of young teen boys tying into the child porn network, are found throughout Rachel’s Tears. Please, from a survivor of child predators and the mother of a survivor of an incestial child rapists, go ahead and check it out yourself. Maybe you’ll find new friends — and boyfriends.

Edwin Torres-Feliu was the Director of the Administration for Laboratory Systems, US Customs and Border Protection, US Department of Homeland Security. He kindly resigned his position the day of his arrest.  One has to wonder how many other illegalities Torres-Feliu is guilty of surrounding his position and exactly how long he has “delved into” child porn. One also must wonder how many photos he possessed that depicted his abuse of children. The sentence he received, while evidently standard with federal judges on child porn charges, is way too lenient for all he is no doubt guilty of and for his repugnant breech of public trust.

And he has children.

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