Ohio Affidavit Paints Rough Image of Kiddie Porn "Lost Boy" Member "mr bean"

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Led by the Los Angeles Division of the FBI, the 2009 dismantling of the members-only, password-protected online child pornography network known as "Lost Boy" resulted in the indictments of 19 Americans and fourteen defendants abroad, marking, at that time, the most significant federal crackdown on a child exploitation enterprise since the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act was enacted in 2006. The investigation was the subject of our Jan. 11 feature story, "The Scooby-Doo Files."

Prosecutors transferred the case of one Lost Boy member from the Central District of California to the Southern District of Ohio, where that member, Christopher Klein, lived. Klein, who went by the handle "mr bean" on the Lost Boy bulletin board, was convicted last year of receipt of visual depictions of child pornography and conspiracy to advertise child pornography. In November a judge sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

While his sentence was lower than other Lost Boy members, Klein, an Ohio slumlord, audio/visual technician and previously convicted sex offender, seemed to be one of the leaders of the group as judged by his dialogues and photo swaps with other Lost Boy members and a 41-page sworn affidavit by an Ohio FBI agent.

The affidavit cites interviews with other Lost Boy members who agreed to be cooperating individuals for the federal agents investigating the case. These snitches suggested that Klein preferred hard-core images of young boys and that, during a time a few years ago, he'd taken care of two boys when their parent -- a tenant in one of Klein's buildings -- had become negligent.

The cooperating Lost Boys also painted Klein as a man obsessed with security. The men said "mr bean" stole his neighbor's unsecured wireless Internet service, relied on open wireless access points at cafes and used a special software program called The Onion Router that bounces user's communication through a distributed network, thereby making it difficult for law enforcement to trace the IP address.

They also said mr bean conceals his computer equipment in hidden comparments inside objects including a chair and a gutted VCR, and that he made the suggestion of hiding a computer inside a wall.

Below is an excerpt from the Ohio agent's affidavit.

Christopher Klein

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