"Lost Boy" Member, Kiddie-Porn Producer, Sentenced

​A Michigan man who produced child pornography depicting young boys being sexually abused and shared it with one of the most notorious online pedophile groups ever busted by the federal government has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, the United States attorney for the Central District of California announced this week.

Joshua Boras, 34, of Lapeer, Michigan, and a member of the since-dismantled international child-porn trading group known as "Lost Boy" was one of just two American members of the group to have been charged with actually producing some of the content on the online message board. The secret pornography group, which operated under password protected codes prior to its dismantling, was the subject of our January 12 feature article, "The Scooby-Doo Files."

At the time of its existence in 2009, the group, whose three dozen members operated across four continents, was the largest child exploitation enterprise ever indicted by the U.S. government. An investigation that began in Los Angeles spun off into a major case in the Missouri Ozarks, where pedophile Jeffrey Greenwell was caught producing pornographic content that made its way to the Lost Boy group. He recently received a 100-year prison sentence for his misdeeds.

Boras, who operated under the screen name "Steel," is the second member of the Lost Boy group to be sentenced. (Authorities have caught and convicted all but three American members.)

According to court files, Boras, upon his arrest, cooperated with FBI investigators on multiple occasions in 2010, providing them details about the enterprise. In December of that year, Boras pleaded guilty to one count of participating in a child exploitation enterprise and one count of production of child pornography. He admitted filming the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old boy and sharing it with Lost Boy. In total, Boras made 322 public posts on the message board, according to court documents.

On one occasion, Boras, responding to images of naked, physically aroused prepubescent boys posted on the message board by a fellow member, wrote: "I just want to gobble him up. Thanks undy he's grrrrreat!"

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