Male nurse caught with thousands of child porn images kept them online for years

Child pornography cases are among the most disturbing postal inspectors investigate, and modern technology is making it much easier for criminals to distribute it and more difficult for victims to recover.

In one recent case, authorities say a registered nurse at a pediatric hospital abused at least two boys in his care.

"He befriended this child who had emotional issues and came to have a special bond or friendship with this particular child," said U.S. Postal Inspector Kathryn Lara. "The boy, in turn, trusted him, so it was easy to take advantage of that."

The nurse found his second victim when he was left alone to watch another child overnight.

Postal inspectors discovered that the nurse in this case was involved in more crimes.

"We found that he had at least four external hard drives filled with child pornography," said Lara. "He had magazines and books that contained images of children in various stages of undress."

It was a total of 4,000 to 5,000 images.

"As technology has evolved, the ability to produce child pornography, trade and distribute child pornography has become so easy for predators," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Stabe.

The Internet has made distribution simple and immediate.

"Three predators continually recirculate, share and trade these images. They're forever there; they never disappear," said Stabe.

The images remain on the Internet, to the dismay and horror of victims.

"Any time someone watches that video of that child, they are continuously being victimized," said Lara. "I have heard from one victim who said it doesn't matter how old she was when it happened, it's like it happened yesterday."

The male nurse in this story was sentenced to six and a half years in prison on federal charges of possession of child pornography.

Authorities advise parents to always be vigilant. If your child's behavior changes dramatically or you see signs of bruising, seek professional help to determine if your son or daughter has been sexually abused.

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