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The logo on the girl's hoodie helped investigators with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force identify a child pornography victim who was living in a small town in Massachusetts.

MURRAY — There was something about her eyes that pleaded to Steve Gamvroulas for help.

On his computer screen was a teenage girl, being sexually exploited in pictures shared and traded over the Internet among child pornographers, victimized and re-victimized over and over again. He had no idea who she was, where she lived, or if she was even OK.

"It was difficult knowing she was a child," said Gamvroulas, who is an investigator with the Utah Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. "The positive part is I was able to reach cross-country and help her."

As part of his work with ICAC, Gamvroulas tries to identify children who are in explicit videos and images traded online. In this case, he stumbled upon the girl's images when he busted a Salt Lake County man suspected of collecting child pornography.

"I was able to take over an account of a picture-trading file program," he said. "I was able to find his buddy lists, and people began sending me all sorts of child pornography."

Soon, someone sent him a series of 42 pictures of the girl. She didn't exactly look like a child, but Gamvroulas said it was in her eyes.

"It just seemed to me, and it bothered me that she was a child," he said.

Analyzing the images, Gamvroulas was able to narrow down where she lived. In one of the more innocent photos, she sports a New England Patriots football jersey. In another, she wears a cheerleader uniform.

Gamvroulas was able to contact police in a small Massachusetts town, who tracked the girl down. She has been questioned by police and identified as a 15-year-old girl who may have been victimized beginning when she was 12.

"It was her boyfriend at the time," Gamvroulas said of the man suspected of taking the pictures.

He is now being sought in connection with the illicit images. Gamvroulas suspects they were not originally intended to be distributed as child pornography but took on a life of their own once posted online.

Who distributed the photos remains under investigation, ICAC agents said. The images have been traded countless times in child pornography circles.

Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff said the girl will no longer be victimized, thanks to Gamvroulas and the rest of the ICAC Task Force.

"They look at horrible things, just the ugliest side of life. You and I never have to," he said. "They do it because they want to save kids."


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