ATLANTA, GA – FBI agents have arrested 53-year-old Dirk LaPaglia of Alpharetta, Georgia after a stalking investigation at Johns Creek led to more alleged criminal conduct information involving child pornography possession.
More than a couple dozen children were the alleged victims of the accused when he superimposed each child’s facial photo over pornographic photo images, creating images that looked like each child was involved in pornographic situations, according to a press release of the federal law enforcement agency.
Just as disturbing, LaPaglia gained access to his alleged victims through photography. During neighborhood events LaPaglia photographed the children for this alleged criminal activity.
Photographers at community functions enjoy a certain amount of notoriety and trust from the parents of children, sometimes putting minors at risk for such an occurrence unwittingly.
Event organizers also appreciate the ability to have photographers on hand, giving them carte blanche at times to ensure their goodwill and unpaid presence. This can lead to opportunities for criminal behavior by unscrupulous photographers.
Johns Creek and other frequently visited locations around the state of Georgia draw many visitors and residents to attractions and events with nary a negative incident, despite the arrest of LaPaglia this week for stalking, sending suggestive anonymous letters and packages, as well as the possession of child pornographic photos.
FBI Child Sexual Predator Grants
In related law enforcement news for the state, Georgia’s Fulton and Dekalb counties were the recipients this week of approximately $9 million in federal grants to help prosecute child sexual predators like the accused, Dirk LaPaglia.
Child sexual pornography continues to be a lucrative market for the criminal element and the FBI’s Innocent Images Task Force seeks to see that profitability take a nose dive. To that end, the federal government is plowing funds into local agencies across the country to seek the full measure of the law in such cases in which children or the target.
If you have information that can help the FBI regarding the LaPaglia case or know of other suspected child pornographic materials or abuse, contact the FBI’s Atlanta Field Office at 404-679-9000.
Legally, all persons, including Dirk LaPaglia, are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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