3 Child Porn Peddlers From Phoenix Arrested In Nationwide Operation

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Three Phoenix men were caught up in a nationwide Homeland Security operation targeting child predators, authorities say. All three are accused of making, using or distributing child porn -- and one of the suspects' names may be familiar.

PHOENIX -Three Phoenix men were caught up in a nationwide Homeland Security operation targeting child predators, authorities say.

All three are accused of making, using or distributing child porn -- and one of the suspects' names may be familiar.

One of the men was charged with multiple counts of child exploitation in March. Now new charges have been added.

He and the other two Phoenix men are among the 190 alleged child predators across the nation taken down in this operation.

Michael Dean Ross and Stephen Trompeter of Phoenix are two of 190 alleged child predators taken down in a nationwide, federal investigation dubbed "Operation Orion."

Matthew Allen with Homeland Security's local office says the operation targeted those exploiting children.

"Either physically exploiting them or victimizing them and exploiting them by trading child pornography which I think as we all know once it's introduced on the internet, it takes on a life of its own, and that victimization, exploitation goes on virtually forever," says Allen.

You may remember Michael Dean Ross who was arrested in March on 10 counts of child exploitation.

Investigators say they found child porn in his bedroom after he was allegedly caught using a Russian file sharing website known for child porn.

He's now slapped with two new charges for allegedly showing porn or sexually explicit photos to minors.

Detectives say most of the cases started with a child chatting with someone they met online.

Allen says it's important for parents to be mindful, especially this summer when children are out of school and online.

"Again I think that's why the timing of Operation Orion. focusing on summer months when children will be online is very important and we hope parents take an interest in what their children are doing online and not let the internet be a babysitting service for them," says Allen.

The feds have a criminal indictment against a third Phoenix man, whose name is not being released.

This operation focused on a one month period snapshot of what's out there.