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Berks County porn sweep horrifies mom whose child may have been victim

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Dec 19 2012 06:00:00 PM CST
Updated On: Dec 20 2012 03:26:04 PM CST

Ten men have been charged so far in a child porn sweep in Berks County, but the district attorney said this is an ongoing investigation that includes neighboring counties.

BERKS COUNTY, Pa. -

A ninth man is now in custody facing charges as part of a child porn sweep that hit Berks County on Wednesday.

Hugo Blanco turned himself in Thursday.  He's in custody on $20,000 bail. 

Ten men have been charged so far in a child porn sweep in Berks County, but the district attorney said this is an ongoing investigation that includes neighboring counties.

One man remains at large.

One mom said detectives believe her son is a victim of one of the men arrested. Because this is an ongoing investigation, investigators asked us to not reveal specifics.

Also, to protect the identity of the child we did not reveal his mother. But she wanted other parents to learn from what she has had to endure.

The district attorney said 10 men circulated pornographic photos of children out of their Berks County homes over the Internet.

"He took the pictures and put it out there," said a mom about one of the accused. "It just makes me sick that somebody could be looking at my kid like that."

The mom said she's so relieved to know he has been caught.

"When I heard that, I started to cry. It was just a weight lifted off me, 'cause I've been waiting," she said.

She said two weeks ago detectives told her a former babysitter allegedly took graphic photos and provided them to one of the accused.

"I never would have expected it from this person at all, never," she said.

But she learned her 7-year-old son may be a victim along with two young girls.

"Had all three kids naked taking pictures and tried to have…" what detectives told her is sexually graphic.

"What the detective told me, it broke my heart," she said.

But her son hasn't talked about it.

"There's days he doesn't want to leave me to go to school and he cries getting on the bus," she said, "I just thought everything was his age. It's just a stage he's going through."

She said now his behavior since the summer makes sense.

"It's probably one of the hardest things a parent ever has to hear and deal with," she said, "You feel like you weren't there to protect them."

Her message for other parents:

"Just be careful who you let your kids around with, without you there," she said.

The mom said investigators and counselors have told her not to pressure her son to talk because he could be re-traumatized and no one wants him to have to suffer any more.