“I’m just a costumer,” he said at first, as if the leather wrist restraints and ropes in the second bedroom were just for dress-up.
“I’m schizophrenic, you know,” he later told the AP, looping his finger at his temple.
“We will really catch them, with the help of our foreign counterparts.
We will really put them in jail and they will die in jail.” Bare-chested and slick with sweat, his breath sour and glasses foggy, Deakin watched agents — including FBI computer analysts — crouch on his bed over open computers, rushing to find and preserve hidden files.
The youngest victim ever, rescued a few weeks ago, was an infant, 2 months old. This spring the Associated Press watched a raid, rescue and launch of a major investigation that continues to play out on both sides of the world.
“This should serve as a warning,” said NBI anti-human trafficking chief Janet Francisco, who leads the case.
He described a series of houseguests, people he let crash in his small place from down the street, other countries. And this: “There was no children in front of the cam in my house, not even dressed, as far as I know, not even with their frigging mothers as far as I know.” At one point, he told AP the images might have inadvertently slipped in when he downloaded massive files using Bit Torrent.
Bit Torrent is a data tool used legitimately by academics and artists, but also by child pornographers and other criminals because large amounts of digital content can be moved and sorted.
Children’s clothing is on the floor as members of the National Bureau of Investigation anti-human trafficking division gather evidence during a raid at the home of suspected child webcam cybersex operator David Timothy Deakin. “I’ve got files of frigging everything.” The AP and investigators asked him repeatedly why he had images of children engaged in sexual acts on his computer and bondage and fetish tools in his apartment.In recent years, Deakin said, he earned an hour as a systems administrator.But his home was filled with junk, his refrigerator near empty.The vans passed Fields Avenue, a notorious street lined with bars, strip clubs and massage parlors; shops advertise Viagra and lingerie-clad women beckon customers.
When they reached Deakin’s apartment, a small cadre went to his door.Two years later, he moved there for a job setting up internet service providers and installing Blackmagic livestreaming production programs.