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We Might Change Cover of Nirvana's Nevermind: Dave Grohl

Spencer Elden sued, leading to drummer's statement

(Newser) - Update: The 30-year-old who was once the baby that appears on the iconic cover for Nirvana's Nevermind album says the naked image of him is "child porn," and now Dave Grohl says the cover might change as a result. "I have many ideas of how we...

Apple's Plan to Start Scanning Your Photos Worries Some

Privacy advocates say feature, which looks for child porn, could be misused

(Newser) - Child protection advocates are praising Apple's plan to roll out new anti-child-pornography features later this year—but privacy advocates worry about what else it might lead to. The company says the software, called neuralMatch, will scan images on a user's iPhone before they are uploaded to the iCloud...

Massive Child Porn Site Taken Down From Dark Web

Four German men arrested, including one responsible for more than 3.5K posts

(Newser) - A child pornography website with 400,000 users is gone, thanks to German federal police and Europol. The site, Boystown, had existed on the dark web since June 2019. Four German men, one who had been living in South America for several years, were arrested. Three were administrators, and one...

Josh Duggar Facing Child Porn Charges
Josh Duggar Facing
Child Porn Charges

Josh Duggar Facing Child Porn Charges

Former '19 Kids and Counting' star pleads not guilty in Arkansas

(Newser) - On Thursday, headlines were abuzz over the arrest of former 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar, just days after his wife had announced they're expecting their seventh child. Now, some clarity on what exactly he was arrested for: The 33-year-old pleaded not guilty via Zoom on Friday to...

Children's Court Judge Faces Child Porn Charges

Brett Blomme is accused of uploading images and video to a messaging app

(Newser) - A children’s court judge in Wisconsin has been charged with possessing child pornography, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. Brett Blomme, 38, faces seven counts in connection to video and images depicting the abuse of young boys, which he allegedly uploaded to a messaging app. Each count carries a maximum...

Multiple FBI Agents Shot in Florida
5 FBI Agents Shot,
2 Fatally, in Florida
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5 FBI Agents Shot, 2 Fatally, in Florida

They were investigating a child pornography case near Fort Lauderdale

(Newser) - Two FBI agents were shot to death and three agents were wounded while serving a search warrant in a child pornography case in Florida on Tuesday, reports the AP . Police described an incident in the Fort Lauderdale suburb of Sunrise that began shortly after 6am, noting a suspect was barricaded...

Held Since September, Jerry Harris Pleads Not Guilty

On all 7 counts he faces

(Newser) - Cheer star Jerry Harris has pleaded not guilty to federal child pornography charges and allegations that he solicited sex from minors at cheerleading competitions and convinced teenage boys to send him obscene photographs and videos of themselves. Harris, 21, of Naperville, Illinois, was indicted earlier this month in a seven-count...

Case Gets Worse Against Netflix Star

New indictment accuses Jerry Harris of incidents with minors

(Newser) - The case against Cheer star Jerry Harris just got a lot worse. A new seven-count indictment accuses Harris, 21, of incidents involving four underage youths—including one in which he allegedly went from Texas to Florida in 2019 with the goal of having sex with a 15-year-old, CNN reports. NBC...

Feds: Last Item on Teen's Checklist Was 'Execute' Biden

Alexander Treisman held in NC on child pornography charges

(Newser) - A teen posted a meme reading "Should I kill Joe Biden?" before driving a van holding guns within 4 miles of the Democratic presidential nominee's home, according to court documents out of North Carolina. They relate to Alexander Treisman, a 19-year-old arrested on child pornography charges. A detention...

Netflix Reality Star Charged in Child Pornography Case

Jerry Harris of 'Cheer' is facing prison time

(Newser) - The ugly accusations about a reality TV star just got worse: Jerry Harris, a favorite on the Netflix cheerleading series Cheer, has been arrested in Illinois and charged with producing child pornography, reports the Chicago Tribune . The 21-year-old faces 15 years in prison on that one count alone. Authorities say...

Madeleine McCann Probe Leads to 'Hidden Cellar'

'It's gruesome and I find it chilling'

(Newser) - A site involved in the Madeleine McCann investigation has led authorities to a "hidden cellar," Sky News reports. German police discovered the deep, 50-foot-wide hole in an allotment garden at a holiday chalet in Seelze, roughly 5 miles northwest of Hanover. Little else is known, but police say...

Navy Sailor Charged With Giving Intel to a Russian

Charles T. Briggs was also hit with child pornography charges

(Newser) - A US Navy sailor based out of Portsmouth, Va., is heading to a general court-martial next week, accused of handing over classified information to a Russian he reportedly knew. Per a charge sheet cited by the Virginian-Pilot , Chief Petty Officer Charles T. Briggs is said to have used a government...

Whistleblowers to SEC: Facebook Is Hiding Illegal Activity

'WaPo' describes claims, including from an ex-Facebook moderator, on drug, child porn sales

(Newser) - A whistleblower complaint filed with the SEC claims Facebook has failed to adequately police illegal activity on its platform, including sales of drugs and child pornography. The complaint filed Tuesday by critics, including a former Facebook content moderator, further claims Facebook has hidden the extent of illegal activity from its...

Man Controversially Released by Ex-Governor Arrested Again
Governor Commuted
His Sentence. He Just
Got Arrested Again
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Governor Commuted His Sentence. He Just Got Arrested Again

This time, on federal charges related to the same alleged crime

(Newser) - A Kentucky man who was serving 15 years on charges of sodomy and the distribution of material depicting sexual performance of a minor had his sentence commuted last year by the state's then-governor—and now he's been arrested again on child pornography charges. Dayton Jones, 24, pleaded guilty...

Mother-in-Law Goes Undercover, Catches Son-in-Law

Iowa man was soliciting teen boys online

(Newser) - The wife of an Iowa man got suspicious and ultimately discovered her husband had been soliciting teenage boys online—and he's now going to prison, thanks in part to his mother-in-law. Ryan Mitchell Budde, 34, promised his wife he would stop posing as a 15-year-old virgin online and asking...

He Got Books Banned for 'Gay Content.' Now He's Charged for Child Porn

Ex-principal has been indicted on 17 counts in Kentucky

(Newser) - Ten years ago, Phillip Todd Wilson was principal of a Kentucky high school and, along with other administrators, got four books banned because they included topics he deemed "inappropriate," including "homosexual content." Today, Wilson is a 54-year-old former principal who's been hit with 17 child...

17 Nabbed in Child Porn Sting— Including 2 Disney Employees

Florida sting nabs men aged 19 to 77

(Newser) - Authorities in central Florida say two Disney workers and a former assistant principal at a middle school were among 17 arrested in a child porn sting, the AP reports. In a news release , Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Friday that the 17 men arrested range in age from 19...

'Eye-Popping and Sickening': Massive Child Porn Site Busted

337 users arrested in 38 countries, founder is already in prison

(Newser) - A massive child porn site was shut down last year in a bust by US and Korean authorities first revealed Wednesday. Authorities say the Darknet market "Welcome to Video" contained more than 250,000 unique videos, 45% of which contained images previously unknown to authorities, and was run by...

Judge: If I Could Legally Have You Castrated, I Would

Ryan Alden gets life plus 150 years for secretly planting cameras in people's homes

(Newser) - "If the law allowed me to have you castrated, I would." So said a judge Wednesday in explaining why Ryan Alden would get life behind bars plus nearly 150 years, the Oklahoman reports. The 39-year-old Oklahoma man, who hid cameras in people's homes, had pleaded guilty to...

Disturbing Charges Against a JonBenet Photographer

Randall Simons accused of downloading images via an Oregon restaurant's WiFi

(Newser) - The charges themselves are disturbing enough, but the connection to JonBenet Ramsey makes them all the worse. A 66-year-old Oregon photographer known for taking images of JonBenet in the months before her 1996 murder has been arrested on child pornography charges, reports KEPR . Police in Springfield say Randall Simons downloaded...

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