FBI agent honored for solving Web case

February 23, 2000|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An FBI agent from Maryland received a top award from police officials in Newcastle, England, this week for tracking down a notorious Internet pedophile responsible for raping a 7-year-old girl and possessing thousands of pornographic pictures of children.

Special Agent Michael W. DuBois was credited with coming up with a key clue in the case -- noticing that a high-quality digital camera had been used to create a series of child pornography images on the Internet. FBI agents tracked the camera owner, Paul Cunningham, to his home in Newcastle last July.

Cunningham, arrested within 36 hours of DuBois' breakthrough, was sentenced in November to seven consecutive life sentences for raping the child and sexual offenses against a young boy.

"We're very honored that the international law enforcement community recognizes the work the FBI has been doing to combat child pornography on the Internet," said Richard Mosquera, the special agent in charge of the FBI's Maryland office.

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