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Feds break international child-porn operation

INDIANAPOLIS — Federal prosecutors in Indianapolis say they have broken an international child-pornography ring and sentenced seven men convicted of producing and distributing explicit images of babies and toddlers online.

The U.S. attorney’s office announced Thursday that two more defendants have pleaded guilty and await sentencing.

The investigation, called Operation Bulldog, began in November 2010 with the arrest of David Bostic of Bloomington, Ind. Bostic was convicted on 65 counts and sentenced to 315 years in prison. His arrest led investigators to others in the ring, which prosecutors say traded pornography involving children younger than 5 years and as young as 2 months.

More than 20 U.S. suspects have been captured, and authorities are investigating other suspects in the U.S., Sweden, Serbia, the Netherlands and the U.K.

From wire dispatches and staff reports