Newbury first put photos of Cindy on the Internet last April. "If things stayed just the way they are right now, I would probably make about ,000 a year," he says. Her father, Gary, a plumber, says that's more than he makes some weeks. Some members even send in outfits for Cindy to model. One man sent in a schoolgirl outfit for Cindy to model on line.
At first, people could look for free, and on the first day, the site had 50 members. Newbury says other people have sent in items he considers inappropriate, like thongs, which Cindy will not model.
He says that many members are middle-aged men and he admits that some of them are looking at the pictures sexually. Fred Berlin, a psychiatrist at Johns Hopkins Univerity Hospital who treats patients with sexual disorders, says that an older man who belongs to the site is likely to have "something very different or abnormal about his sexual make-up."Why would an adult pay every month to belong to this site?
"I think adults who are doing this have some sort of infatuation with this youngster," says Berlin. He admits, though, that he himself is more easily found.
Like most 16-year-olds, Renee's world is in her bedroom.
She hangs out here with her friends, and spends hours on her computer.
Sheriff Grayson Robinson is emphatic: "The young ladies involved were less than 18 years of age.It was very innocent."But then "48 Hours" showed Robin pictures that were taken for the web site of Ashley wearing lingerie, and a thong. Last April they shut down the site and charged its owner and photographer, James Grady, with 880 counts of violating a specific Colorado statute against the Sexual Exploitation of Children. Mike Miller and Andy Contiguglia, Grady's attorneys, say Colorado authorities have gone too far.More provocative material is out there, they say, much of it commercially available in books and magazines, and isn't being prosecuted in Colorado.Tracy says she doesn't know much about who the members of her daughter's web site are."Curt handles all that," she says."A lot of the people who buy these, I'd say, are 40-year-old men," Newbury says.