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North Carolina Playpen Member “amoura” Sentenced to Federal Prison

According to Andrew Murray, the United States Attorney for the Western District of North Carolina, a man from Asheville, North Carolina was sentenced to nine years in prison for receiving and possessing child pornography. In addition to the prison sentence, the Asheville man will spend the remainder of his life on supervised release as a registered sex offender. According to ... Read More »

Ohio Man Admits Downloading Child Pornography in Playpen Case

One of the five men arrested in southern Ohio as part of a Federal Bureau of Investigation operation that targeted members of a dark web child abuse forum pleaded guilty to the receipt and possession of child pornography. The man, a 34-year-old from Fairfield, Ohio, fought the government at every possible turn, making this case one of the lengthiest cases ... Read More »

Former PlayPen Member Sentenced to Life in Prison

U.S. District Court Judge Thomas Rose sentenced a former member of the darknet child abuse forum “PlayPen” to life imprisonment and another 10 years on top of the life sentence. Both the judge and an Assistant United States Attorney called the man’s crimes the worst he had ever seen and that the only fitting sentence was life imprisonment. No other ... Read More »

Dublin Man Admits Guilt in Playpen Case

The Federal Bureau of Investigation, despite botching the entire investigation, successfully collected enough evidence during Operation Pacifier to convict a handful of pedophiles across the globe. Officials at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court handled one of the most recent Operation Pacifier cases; a 20-year-old pleaded guilty to possessing child abuse material. According to the Cyber Crime Bureau’s Detective Brad Wallace, the ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Guilty of 20 Counts of Child Pornography

United States Attorney Josh Minkler, in a statement to the press published on the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Southern District of Indiana, announced that Adrian Grisanti, 46, was convicted on 20 counts of various child pornography charges and one count of destruction of evidence. U.S. District Judge Tanya Walton Pratt announced the verdict after a four-day trial in New ... Read More »

Florida Playpen Member Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

In Tampa, Florida, U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday sentenced yet another pedophile with connections to the FBI’s notorious ‘Operation Pacifier’ incident. This time, Judge Merryday sentenced 42-year-old Benjamin McKenzie to four years in federal prison. McKenzie, a Largo resident with an array of misdemeanors from years past, will be on supervision for 20 years after he completes his prison ... Read More »

PlayPen Member with 5,500 Downloads Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On January 18, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced a member of the darknet child abuse forum known as PlayPen to six years in prison. The defendant, a 42-year-old Jacksonville man named Jason Barnes, was found guilty following a September bench trial. During Operation Pacifier, FBI agents identified Barnes after he accessed PlayPen on February 28 and March ... Read More »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Florida revealed the sentencing of another member of a darknet child abuse forum. This sentencing occurred only days after another Florida man pleaded guilty to downloading and viewing videos depicting various forms of child abuse during the same week in 2015 when the FBI had taken control ... Read More »

A Child Abuse Arrest Unveiled a Lost PlayPen Member

When it comes to the underground world of the darknet, reading about the police busting another child abuser through posts on hidden forums is not uncommon. Due to some of the more recent operations by international law enforcement agencies, the arrests have only been increasing in frequency. But some cases are more unique than others—such is the case of a ... Read More »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

In Jacksonville, Florida, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced yet another member of the darknet child pornography website PlayPen. The defendant, 42-year-old Jason Dean Barnes, will spend six years in federal prison for downloading thousands of images depicting child abuse. After his release from prison, Barnes will spend 10 years on federal supervision. He will also register as ... Read More »

Kentucky Man Sentenced to 87 Months in PlayPen Case

As a result of a “nationwide operation conducted by the FBI” that investigated child abusers and downloaders of child pornography on the darknet, 29-year-old Craig T. Anderson will spend the next 87 months in federal prison. In 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving child pornography. FBI Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess and Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States ... Read More »

Oregon PlayPen Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Thomas Gene Duncan to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Duncan had spent almost 100 hours on a darknet child abuse forum called “PlayPen.” When the FBI raided his Gresham home in October, 2015, they found 120 videos and 4,000 pictures downloaded from numerous child abuse sites, including PlayPen. They also ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California sentenced a former member of PlayPen, a darknet child abuse forum, to 14 years in prison and 15 years on parole. Jason Sebastian Sparks, a 29-year-old from Oroville, California, had accessed the forum for just over three hours in 2015. The FBI had only taken control of the ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Gets 17.5 Years in Prison

One member of Playpen, a darknet child pornography forum, recently received a prison sentence of almost 18-years. Daryl Glenn Pawlak was one of the many Playpen members caught by the FBI in a single operation dubbed “Operation Pacifier.” Pawlak, a 39-year-old man from Texas, had previously pleaded guilty to the receipt of child pornography and one count of access with ... Read More »

Playpen Member Guilty of Receiving Child Pornography

On September 19, Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced that a 41-year-old Jacksonville man had been found guilty of receiving images of child abuse from the darknet. The charge and subsequent guilty verdict connected to activity on Playpen, the notorious darknet “child pornography” forum. According to court documents—none of which, notably, mentioned Playpen by name—the FBI identified the ... Read More »