Local man’s tip leads police to Internet child porn suspect

December 31, 2005
By Moustafa Ayad, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Moments after entering a Yahoo! Internet chat room and receiving an
invitation to watch a “hot video,” James Vanlandingham was watching a
6-year-old and 9-year-old girl parade around a bathroom naked.

Mr. Vanlandingham, of Leetsdale, immediately picked up the phone and
called the Leetsdale Police Department trying to keep whomever used the
screen name “Stevedragonslayer” engaged long enough for police to arrive.

The videos disappeared before police could see them, but Mr.
Vanlandingham’s tip three months ago led authorities to a former sex
offender in Wichita, Kan., who now faces federal charges for multiple
counts of sexual exploitation of children.

Investigators from the Pennsylvania State Police Computer Crimes Task
Force and the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested Steven C. Perrine,
52, of Wichita, on Dec. 22 after they found more than 16,000 images of
child pornography on his computer.

The cyber chase of “Stevedragonslayer” ended with the seizure of Mr.
Perrine’s computers and 406 files of child pornography.

Mr. Perrine, who pleaded guilty to a 2003 charge of sexual exploitation
of children, sent out thousands of images over the Internet of children
performing various sex acts.

“It was as much a surprise to me as to anybody that we would uncover that
amount of child porn,” said Officer Reginald Humbert of the Pennsylvania
State Police Computer Crimes Task Force, who works out of Moon. “It was
just like hitting the jackpot.”

“We don’t get phone calls like that very often, ” said Wayne Drish, the
officer who first responded to Mr. Vanlandingham’s phone call. Officer
Drish would later jot down the screen name and hand over the
investigation to the state police.

With only a screen name to aid his search, Officer Humbert located IP
addresses, which are computer-specific Internet addresses, with subpoenas
of Yahoo! Inc. and Cox Communications Inc. that led FBI investigators and
the Sedwick-Witchita County Exploited and Missing Child Unit straight to
the two computers Mr. Perrine was using.

An FBI affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Wichita on Dec. 23 said
the computer images showed a series of videos depicting oral sex with
children.

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