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November 1, 2012

Child porn DVDs passed through NT

Tonawanda News — An overseas child pornography investigation that led to an arrest of an Atlanta middle-school teacher has a connection to North Tonawanda, court documents show.

The affidavit details the two-year investigation of a movie production company located outside the U.S. and its website, which offered products for sale that would be delivered via the United States Postal Service and the Internet. 

According to the document, which is written by United States Postal Inspector Jeff Adkins, the 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. 

The United States Postal Investigation Service made undercover purchases of videos from the foreign company out of Brentwood, Tenn. in February and April of 2011. 

Undercover agents received emails from outside of the U.S.

“Based upon the USPIS investigation along with a review of USPS records, the videos from the undercover orders were transferred to a shipping facility in North Tonawanda, N.Y. for fulfillment,” the document states. 

The document does not specify what shipping facility, or if the NT business was aware of the package’s contents or had a relationship with the foreign pornography company.

United States Postal Investigation Service declined an interview regarding the case and its connection to North Tonawanda. 

The packages were then shipped via USPS priority mail to a post office box in Nolensville, Tenn.

After a lengthy investigation, a search warrant was executed and hundreds of DVD movies, photo DVDs and computers were seized. Most of the movies for sale on the website contained child nudity, and 160 of the 600 films were classified as child pornography by foreign law enforcement. 

Officers were also able to seize business records through the company’s database and tracked down one of the website’s alleged customers, William P. Villemez, of Smyrna, Ga. 

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