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Victim’s Family Claims Darknet Child Abuse Investigation Went Too Far

On an October night in 2016, the two leaders of one of the largest child abuse forum on the darknet, met in Virginia and abused a four-year-old child. Records revealed that Homeland Security Investigations agents watched the Canadian man meet with his United States counterpart and enter the house. Agents arrested both men two days later. The grandmother of the ... Read More »

Moderator of Darknet Child Porn Sites Admits Guilt

A 21-year-old Penticton man pleaded guilty to one count of importing and distributing child pornography in connection with multiple darknet child pornography sites. According to the prosecuting lawyer Andrew Vandersluys, the 21-year-old defendant either created or moderated the following darknet child abuse sites: the Giftbox Exchange, Childs Play, and Hurt Meh. The defendant, Tyler Walker, played a key role in ... Read More »

Teen Blames Darknet for Child Porn Found on His PC

Missouri police announced that a high school student had been charged with 21 counts of felony possession of child pornography. The activities surfaced when school faculty and a local police officer confronted 18-year-old McGwire Coleman at his high school about a completely unrelated crime. After Coleman confessed that he committed the crimes the school had accused him of committing, the ... Read More »

Second Suspect Arrested in Darknet Child Abuse Case

During the Fall of 2017, the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) released photograph pulled from a video found on a darknet child abuse forum and asked for the public’s help in identifying the victim (and the abuser). Within hours, the child’s mother saw the pictures and travelled to a police station with her daughter. The police quickly identified the abuser ... Read More »

Teacher Escapes Jail for Dark Web Child Porn Charges.

  Despite pleading guilty to a string of child pornography offences, Robert Zitzelsperger, 53, who was a teacher at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, will not spend a day behind bars. His offences included, possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to access child pornography. In Sydney’s District court on November 24, Judge Diana Yehia sentenced the former ... Read More »

Man Sentenced for Attempted Child Prostitution on the Darknet

A 36-year-old Berlin man assumed the fictitious identity of a 13-year-old girl and preyed on children through social networks and messaging applications for five years until German authorities arrested him in 2017. Judge Regina Alex, in late November, sentenced the sexual predator to four years in prison. The defendant, an event manager named Alexander G., never physically touched a child. ... Read More »

Man in Dark Web Child Pornography Case Sentenced to 9 Months

On November, 22, 32-year-old Nicholas S. Jernigan was sentenced to nine months in prison for possessing child pornography. Judge Brent Robinson of Richard County Common Pleas, gave Jernigan prison time for pleading guilty pandering obscenity involving a minor and five years’ probation for nine other counts. During the plea hearing Judge Robinson explained that the pandering obscenity involving a minor ... Read More »

Anderson Township Man Sentenced to 3 Years for Providing Dark Web Child Porno Links to an Undercover Agent.

On November 9, an Anderson Township man was sentenced to 3 years in prison by U.S District Judge Susan J. Dlott, for aiding and abetting another individual in accessing child pornography. The sentence was announced by Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Steve Francis, Special Agent in charge, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). James ... Read More »

Task Force Argos Operated a Darknet Child Abuse Forum for 11 Months

With striking similarity to the US FBI’s takeover of the darknet child abuse forum PlayPen, Australian police triggered arrests across the globe after spending nearly a year secretly running the forum. Investigative journalists with VG, a Norwegian newspaper, unintentionally stumbled upon the secret operation while investigating the massive child exploitation forum known as Childs Play. While investigating the site, one ... Read More »

Denmark Man Convicted Only of Viewing Child Porn

Days after a 33-year-old Danish man received a two year sentence for his role as a co-admin of the darknet child pornography forum “The Love Zone,” a Denmark court sentenced another man for similar crimes. This time, the defendant was an even younger man; court records revealed that he was only 22-years-old. The 22-year-old defendant had used a child pornography ... Read More »

Man’s Remorse Kept Him Out of Jail on Child Porn Charges

A Kempshott man’s remorse, cooperation with police, and confessions, helped him avoid a prison sentence for sharing child pornography on the darknet. The Winchester Crown Court, on Thursday 14, heard how 27-year-old Nicolas James Bone visited sites on the darknet to download almost 60 illegal pictures and videos. For effectively two reasons, Bone’s case vividly contrasts a recent case of ... Read More »

Man Sentenced to Community Service for Sharing Child Porn

Oliver R., sentenced only to 60 hours of community labor, distributed 2,558 pictures and 132 videos of child abuse on a darknet forum. His defense? He had “felt the urgent need for contact.” The so-called ”pedophile ring” on the darknet had accepted him, he told a Munich court on September 21. According to the news agencies that covered the story, ... 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 »

NJ Police Catch 14 for Child Porn in “Operation School’s Out”

After an investigation that spanned several months, the FBI, Homeland Security Investigations, and the New Jersey State Police arrested 14 for allegedly distributing child pornography. Among the suspects were men ranging from 18-years-old to 70-years-old. They shared very little – other than an affinity for child abuse imagery. For instance, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, one of the ... Read More »

Man sentenced over 300 years for Darkweb child porn case

A resident of Virginia has been sentenced to 300 years in prison for engaging in child pornographic acts. Before his arrest, he had been finding victims for his pornographic acts from the darknet under the screen name, Va Dad4yung. Henrick Styles pleaded guilty to 37 charges but could be in jail for 25 years after forcing a plea deal. This ... Read More »