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Associated Press, Published January 03 2013

Minn. vacation photo helped solve child porn case

MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials say a photo taken at a resort in west-central Minnesota helped them solve a child pornography case and rescue a girl from her abuser.

Gene Paulauskas, assistant special agent in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations in Minneapolis, says agents in Oregon were investigating a case when they came across a photo labeled “Our Minnesota Trip.” The image was sent to agents in Minnesota, who had it distributed among resort owners.

The former owner of a resort in Richville identified the property, and investigators tracked the alleged abuser to Illinois. She was arrested there in May and later convicted on child pornography charges.

The case was highlighted Thursday as ICE announced more than 200 arrests nationwide stemming from a recent international child pornography investigation.

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