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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 »

Elysium Member’s “Treatment” Let Him Walk on Child Abuse Charges

At the Innsbruck County Courthouse in 2003, a pedophile received a two year prison sentence for child abuse and possession of child abuse material. He appealed the sentence immediately afterwards, but according to kurier.at, the actual appeal did nothing. The time he bought did everything. He advised sitting any time behind bars as a man in treatment and recovery. This ... Read More »

German Child Molester Arrested In Florida

A German man in his 50s who has a residence in the Switzerland was arrested in the United States for attempting to abuse a 13-year-old girl. If found guilty, the suspect can expect a harsher punishment since he tried to abuse a minor sexually in another country. A 55-year-old man with a residence in Hergiswil, Nidwalden, Switzerland allegedly tried to ... Read More »

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BKA Arrests 67 Suspects in a Child Porn Bust

  In early July, the German Federal Criminal Police Office busted the owner of a forum promoting and hosting images and videos of “bizarre” child abuse. Between December 2016 and July 2017, the site had amassed more than 87,000 members. Not even 20 days later, the BKA struck again. By July 20, German police had identified roughly 75 suspected members ... Read More »

British Child Porn Imageboard Operators Caught Via Careless OpSec

  The British administrator of a DW child porn imageboard was busted because he used his real name, his recent sentencing revealed. 51-year old Brett McBain of south London admitted in court to creating the forum “£TheOtherPlace” in 2014, along with his partner, David Buckley (54) of East Yorkshire. The pair met through different similar channel on the dark web, ... Read More »

TheOtherPlace Child Porn Chat Room Admins Jailed

Two British men in their 50s were sentenced to prison for setting up and running a chat room on the dark web where users shared indecent images of children. David Buckley, 54, of Goole, East Yorkshire, the United Kingdom and Brett McBain, 51, of Balham, south London, the United Kingdom, were sentenced to prison for setting up a chat room ... Read More »

BKA Seized a Darknet Child Abuse Forum

For five weeks, the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt announced, German law enforcement investigated a darknet child abuse forum. The forum, known as “Elysium,” only appeared in December of last year. However, between December 2016 and July 2017, the forum had already attracted 87,000 members. On July 6, the Prosecutor’s Office announced that law enforcement removed the site and arrested ... Read More »

Eighteenth Member of NZ Darknet Child Abuse Ring Sentenced

In December 2015, US Homeland Security notified New Zealand Police’s Online Child Exploitation unit (OCEANZ) about a child exploitation ring with connections to the darknet. A New Zealand man, Drew Webb, proved integral to the case. He centered the ring and his arrest led to the freedom of 31 children. A June 2017 sentencing of one of the group’s members ... Read More »

Socialist Youth Leader Arrested for Child Pornography

The general secretary of the Socialist Youth of Elche (Alicante) was arrested in early June for the possession of child pornography. The Directorate General of the National Police announced his arrest and incarceration shortly after it occurred. The general secretary was arrested by the National Police after a year-long investigation into child pornography on the darknet. The (potentially former) general ... Read More »