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Ridgewood couple charged for downloading, watching child porn videos: DA

The couple that watches child porn together goes to jail together.

Detectives charged a husband and wife from Ridgewood on Thursday with downloading videos of children involved in sexual activity which they allegedly watched together on their television, prosecutors said.

George Slavescu, 49, and Ioana Pricope-Slavescu, 35, were booked on multiple counts of promoting and possessing a sexual performance by a child. They face between four and seven years behind bars if convicted.

Through an investigation that the NYPD Vice Major Case Team conducted, police linked an IP (Internet protocol) address belonging to George Slavescu to a peer-to-peer network in which images and videos of child pornography were known to be shared, according to authorities. Detectives determined that, on Aug. 8, Slavescu downloaded a video depicting a girl between 8 and 11 years of age performing an oral sexual act on a male.

In monitoring the network the following day, prosecutors noted, they found a list of files that Slavescu shared and downloaded showing young girls, some believed to be less than 12 years old, involved in sexual acts with adults. Police downloaded from Slavescu’s online account two additional child porn videos between Aug. 7 and Aug. 20, one of which involved a boy between 3 and 4 years old.

Police executed a court-authorized search of the Slavescus’ 67th Street home on Thursday and seized a computer tower found to contain hundreds of videos and photos of children involved in sexual acts.

During questioning, according to the criminal complaint, George Slavescu allegedly admitted to downloading more than a thousand files of child pornography and admitted to pleasuring himself while viewing them. Ioana Pricope-Slavescu also allegedly told detectives that she joined her husband in watching child porn on their television, which was hooked up to the computer.

“The Internet has replaced the proverbial back alley as the place where purveyors of child pornography gather to share their vile and disturbing videos and photographs of young children being sexually abused,” Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said in a statement. “Perhaps what is most shocking, as alleged in this case, is that the husband and wife defendants could consider viewing such disturbing imagery as family entertainment.”

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