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May 3, 2013

Child porn DVDs made stop in NT

Tonawanda News — An international child pornography investigation has again led to the arrest of an out-of-state man who received videos produced overseas, but routed through a North Tonawanda shipping facility.

In November, Atlanta middle school teacher William P. Villemez, of Smyrna, Ga., was arrested for receiving videos including child pornography from an overseas company using the Internet.

Before arriving at his residence, however, federal prosecutors noted that the DVDs made a stop at a North Tonawanda shipping facility — which has not been named by authorities — but where the packages received a shipping label before being sent on via USPS.

This week, Mark Beres, 53, of Slippery Rock, Pa., was arrested by federal agents in Pennsylvania following an April 4 complaint alleging he ordered $2,716 worth of child pornography from the same overseas company, in packages again including shipping labels generated in North Tonawanda.

”A review of records provided by the shipping facility in North Tonawanda, New York, included mailing labels placed on the shipments that were delivered by USPS,” wrote the U.S. Attorney’s office in Pittsburgh, which handled the case. “ ... The label was put on the international company order in New York and the completed package was provided to USPS for delivery.” 

A recent search of Beres’ home turned up some 550 videos and hundreds of images of pre-pubescent and pubescent boys engaging in explicit sexual acts. 

According to the New Castle News, Beres, an optometrist working in a New Castle, Pa., Sears, also admitted to molesting three boys — ages 3, 7 and 13 — on at least 30 occasions.

Prosecutors in Georgia and Pennsylvania did not specify in official documents whether or not the NT business was aware of the packages’ contents in either instance, or had a relationship with the unnamed foreign pornography company.

The United States Postal Investigation Service began its investigation in October 2010 regarding the shipments, according to court documents. A document by United States Postal Inspector Jeff Adkins says the overseas company “had received several complaints from members of the public regarding the sale of child pornography.”

The company also was the subject of 20 complaints that were reported to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children CyberTips.

Postal inspectors declined an interview with the Tonawanda News in November regarding the Villemez case and its connection to North Tonawanda.

The owner and operator of the foreign company has been charged under the laws of its home country for the sale, production and possession of child pornography.

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