CASE CLOSED

43 Arrested in Child-Porn Sting

It was a stuffed toy bunny that led law-enforcement officials to an international pedophile ring that eventually brought down 43 in both the U.S. and Europe. An undercover officer in Boston received a photo of an 18-month-old boy clutching the toy. From there, more than 40 men in the U.S. and Europe have been arrested as investigators tracked down the ring over the past two years. The photo was forwarded to Interpol, where officials identified the toy as a character from a popular Dutch children's book. They were able to identify the child and arrest his babysitter, who allegedly had thousands of images of children being molested. Investigators have been able to identify more than 140 victims so far in the case.