SAN ANTONIO -

Fired from his city job overseeing the Convention Center expansion, Philip Branson’s high-profile arrest Tuesday on child pornography charges is only one of numerous cases being pursued by an FBI task force.

“There are too many cases every single day,” said Shawn Tobleman, an investigator with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office and task force member interviewed last week prior to Branson’s arrest.

Tobleman said without the multi-agency approach, “It would be unworkable.”

Rex Miller, an FBI special agent also on the Violent Crimes Against Children Task Force, said in San Antonio alone, “You’re probably looking at around 100 or 200 people within a one- or two-hour time period (that are) actively trading child pornography.”

Tobleman said, “Whether you’re rich or poor, it’s happening in your community. Some of them are family members. Some of them are complete strangers.”

But Miller said the FBI has special tools, which he would not divulge to find out who they are.

“We can convert that to really a digital fingerprint, then track that to see if it’s being traded on publicly available networks,” Miller said.

They said not only are the digital images online better quality technically, they are much more graphic.

Tobleman said, “You see a child with a knife being tied up that is being abused in horrific manners.”

Not only that, Miller said, the victims are much younger.

“I have one case right now; the baby still has its birth band on its ankle,” Miller said.

He said perhaps it was a hospital worker who took the photo.

Yet they said those are the kinds of images -- or even worse -- that pedophiles want to see as they prowl the internet.

“You have users that are looking for images. You have users producing images,” Tobleman said.

As for the young victims pictured, the FBI offers victim support services with its own specialized counselors, as well as working with local agencies.                                                                                                                        

But the scars can run deep.

Tobleman said they are children often abused and traumatized who “can never be truly healed from what has happened.”

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