CANTON - Five St. Lawrence County residents were arrested Wednesday for allegedly possessing and promoting child pornography.
The arrests were a result of a 10-month joint investigation, called Operation Northern Net, by the St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department and Homeland Security Investigations in Massena.
Police went undercover on peer-to-peer file-sharing networks to track down those possessing and sharing child pornography.
Once suspects had been identified, police obtained search warrants to confiscate their computers. These searches took place in August.
The public are the people that win in this situation, Sheriffs Deputy Sean P. OBrien said.
Jeremy A. Cyrus, 30, of 37 Grove St., North Lawrence, was charged with 64 counts of promoting an obscene sexual performance by a child and 64 counts of possessing an obscene sexual performance by a child.
Mr. Cyrus previously was charged Aug. 21 with felony criminal possession of a weapon. While searching his home, police found two Glock 9mm magazines, loaded with hollow-point ammunition, which are unlawful for civilian use.
Mark Nezezon, 62, of 1002 County Route 53, Brasher, was charged with 39 counts of promotion and 39 counts of possession.
Michael Delamontagnes, 39, of 1002 County Route 53, Brasher, was charged with 132 counts of promotion and 132 counts of possession.
Jeremiah Rose, 32, of 188 Roosevelt Road, Massena, was charged with one count of possession and one count of promotion, as well as two counts of criminal possession of a weapon.
Jonathan Delosh, 29, of 31 Spring St., Norwood, was charged with 10 counts of promotion and 10 counts of possession.
All five were arraigned and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, on $5,000 bail, and are scheduled to appear in Potsdam Town Court.
The results of this operation are proof that joint investigations like this are a benefit to residents of St. Lawrence County, Deputy OBrien said.
These are child predators who were out there in the world, he said. These are proactive arrests, not reactive arrests.