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Post by Nama on Tue Jun 05, 2012 6:57 pm



In a story so stunning and disturbing it's taken the Hair Balls Crime Bureau four days to summon the gumption to write up, a wealthy 41-year-old Dallas woman has been arrested and charged with possession of child pornography. According to investigators, at least some of it consisted of extremely graphic images of toddlers being raped by adults.
On Friday, WFAA reported that federal agents raided the $1.4 million home of 41-year-old mother Erika Perdue, the wife of a prominent Dallas intellectual property attorney.

They'd been tracking her computer usage for months, and according to court documents, they had evidence that under the handle "Classybitch," Perdue trafficked "visual depiction[s] of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct." During a raid last week, the feds carted off several computers that are reportedly filled with the stuff.

Perdue is said to have told investigators that she had so much kiddy porn she couldn't keep up with it all. In another report, she allegedly told an FBI agent that she had been trading these foul files while her husband was at work since 1999, some weeks every single day.

And the disturbing details don't end there...

The '80s hair metal fan and Garland native poses seductively on her Facebook page, right next to pictures of a young girl who might be her daughter, one Perdue calls her "lil sweetie boo boo love muffin." Her University Park home (U.P. is analogous to West University here, right down to the fact that Perdue lives on Villanova Street) is directly across the street from a popular playground. The vanity plates on her candy apple-green Chevy Camaro spell out "MY SYN."

None of the children pictured appeared to have been plucked from the park, and her child is also reportedly not involved. But many, many other kids were, reportedly from all over the country.

Perdue is charged with four counts of shipping, receiving and possessing child pornography, each punishable by ten years of federal prison time.

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Post by Nama on Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:01 pm

A wealthy Dallas socialite has been arrested for selling child porn from her home for over 12 years, the FBI said Friday.

FBI agents found graphic images of adults sexually abusing children at the $1.4 million mansion of Erika Susan Perdue in April, according to KDFW.

The 41-year-old allegedly collected so many pictures and videos that she couldn't remember where they all came from, court documents state.

The FBI first learned about Perdue in January, when undercover agents found her downloading and sharing images and video of adults engaging in sexual acts with children under the username, "Classyb****," WFAA reports.

The Dallas housewife, whose home is located across the street from a playground, has been trading child porn during the day since 1999 while her husband works as an attorney, according to the FBI.

It is unclear if Perdue was making money off these alleged activities. She has been charged with four counts of sending, receiving and possessing child pornography.

Catherine Smit-Torrez, a child advocate who has spent more than 20 years investigating abuse cases, said it's very unusual for women to be arrested for peddling child porn.

“Women don’t have as much interest in child pornography,” Smit-Torres told WFAA. “Generally, we don’t see a lot of that.”

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Post by NiteSpinR on Wed May 29, 2013 1:24 am

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Almost a year ago, Erika Perdue, a 41-year-old "socialite" from a tony University Park neighborhood, was arrested and indicted on charges of distributing lots and lots of child pornography. As we reported that July, she was released to a rehab center in Argyle two days after her arrest, but was booted out for attempting suicide. Her psychologists and the administration at the rehab facility agreed that she constituted a danger to herself and others, leading her probation officer to request that the court find her in violation of the conditions of her pretrial release. The judge agreed, and she was taken into custody.

That was almost nine months ago. Since then, we've received an astonishing number of emails from people wanting updates on the Perdue case, most of them from people claiming to be her neighbors.

"All of the sudden people are seeing her green "MY SYN" car driving around town again," one person wrote, describing herself as a "near-neighbor" to the Perdues. "Is she OUT? A bunch of parents in UP are starting to worry - do you have access to information on her case?"

Since the rumor mill up in University Park appears to be churning full-speed, here's an update. According to one of her lawyers, Patrick McLain, Perdue is being held at the Mansfield Law Enforcement Center, a federal detention center in Tarrant County, about 20 miles southeast of Fort Worth. There's no indication that she's been anywhere other than the rehab facility and Mansfield since her arrest, including driving the streets of UP in her green MY SYN mobile.

Since she was detained in late June, her attorneys have asked for no less than five continuances in the case. The first was in July, as her attorneys requested more time to review the forensic evidence found on Perdue's computers and other electronic devices. In September, attorney Deborah Goodall asked for the second continuance, but asked that the reasons for it be sealed, "due to potential scrutiny by the media, as has occurred in the past. On a prior occasion the contents of a motion filed on Defendant's behalf, which contained personal medical information, were quoted in news accounts in televised and written media. Accordingly, the Defendant believes it is in the interests of justice for the grounds to be related only to the Court and the government."

That request was granted, as were additional requests for more time, one in November and two more in March. On March 29, McLain, who'd been newly hired onto Perdue's legal team, announced that he'd discovered "additional discovery matters and a need for a review of evidence by a defense consultant in computer forensic examination." He also said that Perdue had been offered a deal by the government to settle the case, which she couldn't accept or deny until the new "forensic examination" was completed.

On March 29, Judge Sam Lindsay agreed to continue the case. One more time. With conditions. In his order, he wrote, in bold: "This will be the fifth continuance in
this case. The court expects this to be final trial setting in this case. The court expects this case to be resolved or the parties to be ready to try the case in October. Any further motions for continuances of the trial date will be denied unless exceptional or extraordinary circumstances can be shown to exist."

In the meantime, McLain told me in a brief phone conversation earlier this week, "No way am I letting anybody talk to her."

I asked if it would be fair to say that mental health issues played a role in the case.

"That would be an understatement," McLain replied. "I wouldn't actually know the answers. I don't think it's been resolved, even though she's been there for a year.
There are a lot of issues of competence and responsibility that need to be resolved."

So there's that. The trial is now set for October 15.

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