One of the highest law enforcement officials to date, a State of California deputy attorney general, has been charged with possession of child pornography, while at the same time one of the largest sex slave rings on the West Coast continues to be rolled up by law enforcement.
California Deputy Attorney General Raymond Liddy, in office since 2008, was charged with "possession of images of children engaged in sexually explicit conduct" after an Internet service provider (ISP) sent a tip to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that a possibly illegal image had been uploaded. The tip was forwarded to the San Diego Internet Crimes Against Children task force, which obtained a search warrant and probed further into the user's emails and online chats.
The search, according to the criminal complaint filed by the FBI, turned up, among other images, one of a prepubescent girl naked from the waist down with her legs spread wide apart, engaged in "sexually explicit conduct." [FBI Complaint]
The arrest takes place as a separate investigation in California has resulted in the busting of one of the largest human trafficking networks on the West Coast, by the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and the California Department of Justice. On July 27th the Los Angeles Daily News reported that 13 girls and young women had been rescued from forced sex slavery in more than a dozen communities including in Chatsworth, Burbank, West Hollywood and Las Vegas.
At a press conference on Thursday, July 27th, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra noted that the victims were Americans kidnapped or lured from American homes.
“Human trafficking, which includes sex and labor trafficking, is one of the fasting growing crimes in the world. Its reach is not limited to foreign countries...In California, human trafficking is reported here in our state more than in any other.”
The investigation of the sex slave ring began with a missing persons report of a teenager from Tulare County in late 2016. Investigators found that traffickers used high-end sports cars, such as a 2017 Maserati Ghibli, a 2017 Maserati Levante, and a 2016 Porsche Panameran, to transport girls throughout the western United States.
The Liddy arrest and the human trafficking ring bust take place during a banner year for pedophile arrests. One analysis at TownHall.com concludes that in the first few months of the year 2017, there were already more than three times the arrests on pedophilia charges as in the entire year of 2014, at least 1500 across a number of prosecutions in California, Texas, Tennessee, Virginia, Michigan, and Illinois.
On February 23, within his symbolic first 100 days of office, President Donald Trump held a meeting on human trafficking, which includes victims of child sex slavery, in which he promised to bring the "full weight and force" of the government at the federal level down on human traffickers. The declaration was largely ignored by the mainstream media.
Raymond Liddy is the son of G. Gordon Liddy, the Nixon White House operative who became famous during the Watergate scandal.
Furor and Frustration Over Pizzagate
Despite the brisk pace of law enforcement activity so far this year in pedophile and human trafficking arrests, many followers of the the affair referred to as Pizzagate in the mainstream media, which has branded it as "fake news," are frustrated law enforcement has not followed up on what they say is evidence which is sufficient to also trigger law enforcement investigation.
In one instance, a citizen researcher posted what appeared to be a screenshot of an email inbox with a message from a Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Department email address, belonging to Officer Marcus Stevens, acknowledging the receipt of attached files. The files, he says are encoded child porn photos which, according to the blogger "Titus Frost," were found in the hard-drive of a computer belonging to James Alefantis, the owner of Comet Pizza in DC.
Alefantis recently was interviewed by Megyn Kelly of Fox News on an ordeal, which was widely reported, when a man with a gun walked into his pizza shop, fired off one shot, and happened to hit the computer closet, possible damaging or destroying the store computer. The incident took place a few days after Frost posted his screenshop image of emails to Officer Marcus Stevens.
The arrest of Richard Liddy marks one of the first high-level officials in government to be prosecuted for crimes against children in recent years. In 2016, former Speaker of the US House of Representatives, Dennis Hastert, a Republican, was sentenced at a hearing in which the judge called him a "serial child molester." Coincidentally, the Wikileaks dump of emails belonging to Hillary Clinton campaign manager John Podesta showed Podesta to be a friend of Hastert, who sympathized with Hastert's plight before his sentencing, once writing "Might be time for Dennis to vanish to some undisclosed Japanese Island."
The emails revealed that Podesta is also a friend of James Alefantis, the Comet PIzza shop owner. The social circle comprised of Podesta's friends and brother, the emails showed, have a penchant for sexually loaded images involving children and pizza, bizarre, violent art involving them as well, and cryptic talk about "pizza" in what is said to be code talk, with the words "cheese pizza" meaning "child porn."
Some Pizzagate investigators and commentators note that, historically, authorities such as the FBI tended to squash high-level pedophile investigations. In the Franklin Scandal, an extensive investigation in the late Eighties and early Nineties, a Nebraska state senator formed a committee to investigate allegations involving Omaha's Boy's Town, a famous orphanage. Both state law enforcement officials and local police believed the witnesses, dozens of children, some of them grown up.
But the FBI, instead of following up on the evidence, charged one of the witnesses, Alisha Owens, for perjury, and arranged a tainted grand jury presentation which omitted critical exculpatory evidence. The investigation effectively ended when the lead investigator for the committee, Gary Caradori, died in a small plane crash.
The story of the Franklin Scandal is documented in a film which was pulled by the Discovery Channel at the last minute, "Conspiracy of Silence."
Observers of high-level pedophile investigations have noted that, although most of the pedophile arrests since Trump took office have been executed by local and state authorities, not federal, Trump's high-profile public posture on the issue may have given the green light to what they say are the "white hats" in law enforcement, which they claim is compromised by internal divisions. The Trump administration's stance, they say, may yield state witnesses to investigate and possibly prosecute even those who at this point are only persons of interest in "Pizzagate."