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Final defendant convicted in 'Lost Boys' online child porn group

An Ohio man was convicted Tuesday for participating in an online child pornography bulletin board in which some of the members had ties to Southern California, federal authorities said.

At least four Southern California men were members of the "Lost Boys" Internet group whose members were required to regularly post sexually explicit photos of young boys to remain in "good standing," according to federal prosecutors.

The case began after law enforcement authorities in Europe learned that a North Hollywood man was communicating with an Italian national about child porn and child sex tourism in Romania, the U.S. attorney's office in Riverside said.

Billy Wade Carroll, 51, of Dayton, Ohio, was found guilty Tuesday of one count of conspiracy to transport, distribute, receive and possess child pornography and one count of committing a child pornography offense while being required to register as a sex offender in Ohio, the U.S. attorney's office said. He was charged with making more than 100 posts between September 2007 and January 2009.

In all, 16 members of the group from the United States were charged in the case. One died in custody, and Carroll and 14 others have been convicted of federal offenses, the U.S. attorney's office said.

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— Robert J. Lopez

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