A 60-year-old Canadian with 15 years’ residency in the same house in Las Playas, Tijuana, was arrested for possession of child pornography on Sunday, June 21.
Tijuana newspaper Frontera reported that Arthur Leland Sayler was captured in the act of operating his beachfront child-porn website. Fifteen hard drives that had some four million digitized images and videos were seized.
Sayler’s online activity was initially discovered by the Policía Cibernética de la Secretaria de Seguridad Publica Federal, which has stepped up their activities in pursuing perpetrators of crimes against children in Mexico.
The porn ring operated in at least three countries -- Canada, Mexico, and the U.S.A.
"Estoy en shock!" said one of Sayler’s neighbors upon his arrest about a block from a local prep school. Other neighbors described Sayler as being so reserved and mellow (tranquilo), they never suspected anything unusual about him.
Sayler’s wife was arrested as well. He was taken to Mexico City, where the investigation of his network continues.
There has been a concerted effort over the past couple of years to discourage crimes against children in Mexico. English-language billboards pepper the border region, warning would-be pedophiles that criminal acts committed in Mexico will be prosecuted to the full extent of international law.