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Exclusive: ICE Agents Arrest Alpine Man For Child Porn

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Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

ALPINE - Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested an Alpine man on child pornography charges. Agents found more than 3,000 images on his computer after a two month undercover investigation. NewsWest 9 obtained the four page affidavit that accuses Stuart Mitchell Young on sexual exploitation of a minor charges.

In an undercover investigation headed by Homeland Security Investigations and Immigration Customs Enforcement, that started on November 9, 2012, led to the arrest of Young at his home off the 300 block of West Del Rio in Alpine on Thursday morning.

Federal agents along with Alpine Police and the Brewster County Sheriff's Office obtained a search warrant. They were tipped off by a technology called the Child Protection System, which raises a red flag to detectives on a IP address that are downloading child porn.

Authorities say inside his computer were over 3,000 pornographic images of children and more than 200 videos of it. Young's arrest comes after a huge nationwide crackdown on child porn by ICE.

Operation Sunflower kicked off on November first and nabbed hundreds of accused child pornographers in just over a month. On Thursday, John Morton, the Director of ICE, said the sting investigation shows just how important it is to get these kinds of criminals off the streets.

"The results were significant, but grim. A sad reminder to us all that online child exploitation is a very real part of our lives and demands, absolutely demands, our full attention as a nation. We arrested 245 people on criminal charges of child exploitation. 222 in the United States and 23 people overseas. We also identified and rescued 123 children," Morton said.

Of that number, 44 children were directly rescued from their abusers and 79 were identified as either being exploited by others outside of their home or are now adults who were victimized as children. Five of the victims were under the age of three.

Regarding Young's case, if convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum of 15 years in prison according to the court document and faces more than $250,000 in fines.