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Mother of sex abuse victims sues 266 defendants

BALTIMORE, May 30 (UPI) — A Maryland woman, in a lawsuit, referred to 266 defendants as pedophiles who viewed videos of her two daughters being sexually molested, court records said.

The suit, filed Monday in Baltimore federal court, accuses the defendants — 84 of whom are named and 182 listed as “John Doe” — of receiving child pornography featuring two girls, ages 4 and 6, being “violently sexually assaulted by their father and a co-conspirator in 2008.”

Video and images of the sexual acts were posted to the Internet and widely circulated under the series’ names “DKNY” and “YKND,” the complaint said.

Federal agents arrived at the family’s home in Ann Arundel County, Md., in 2008 to execute an arrest, said attorney Steve Kelly, who represents the plaintiff.

“The FBI burst in with full force and ripped the kids out of the house, and took the father off in handcuffs, and that’s when the mother discovered this was happening,” Kelly said.

Eighty of the defendants have already pleaded guilty, or have been convicted, of receipt of child pornography. Four others have been charged, and the remainder have been identified through the Victim Identification Program of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children but have not been criminally charged, ABC News said.

The children’s’ father and the co-conspirator pleaded guilty to federal charges relating to the case and were sentenced to 45 and 36 years in prison, respectively.

In the lawsuit, the mother asked for $8 million in compensatory damages and $24 million in punitive damages from each defendant, court records said.

Copyright 2013 United Press International, Inc. (UPI).

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