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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three men from our area are among 24 people arrested in a statewide child porn crackdown called Operation Spyglass.

They include Bruce Wayne Lorette, 32, who the SBI arrested October 20 in Brunswick County on ten counts of Third Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Possession of Child Pornography).

Daniel Joseph Nilsson (photo, above left), 32, of Surf City was arrested on August 17 and charged with six counts of Second Degree Sexual Exploitation of a Minor (Distribution of Child Pornography). Nilsson is a USMC Captain.

Ivey Floyd Cook (photo, above right), 48, has been in the New Hanover County jail since October 18 under $50,000 bond. He faces three counts of Second Degree Exploitation of a Minor (Distribution of Child Pornography).

Attorney General Roy Cooper and the state’s three federal prosecutors say advances in Internet investigation technology are allowing them to find and arrest child pornography traffickers without anyone calling in tips.

Cooper says investigators serving search warrants to seize computers found hundreds of thousands of illegal photos and videos of abused children, some as young as three.

Cooper says child porn cases require lots of time and effort to track and prosecute, but technology is making the hunt easier.

–The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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