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'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... More »

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... More »

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... More »

Cops: Teen Bound, Killed Friend on Promise of $9M

5 charged after Cynthia Hoffman's June 2 murder

(Newser) - A slew of child pornography charges is just the latest twist in an Alaskan murder case in which a developmentally disabled woman was bound and killed, allegedly by her best friend. Police say Indiana's Darin Schilmiller, 21, posed online as a millionaire, offering 18-year-old Denali Brehmer at least $9... More »

DNA Find Leads to Charges in Horrific 1993 Child Murder

Pedophile Earl Cox was already behind bars

(Newser) - A convicted pedophile who ran an international child pornography ring was charged with the 1993 abduction, rape, and killing of a 9-year-old Missouri girl after previously undetected DNA found on her underwear implicated him in the crime, authorities announced Wednesday. Earl Webster Cox, who has been in custody for years... More »

YouTube Star Hears Fate on 'Extraordinarily Serious Offenses'

Austin Jones, 26, gets 10 years in prison on child pornography charges

(Newser) - A YouTube star who pleaded guilty to child pornography charges has found out what price he'll pay for it. BuzzFeed reports Austin Jones, 26, was sentenced Friday to 10 years behind bars in federal prison after he admitted to convincing six young teens to send him sexually explicit videos... More »

YouTube Reacts After Advertisers Balk at Pedophilia 'Wormhole'

This comes after video creator Matt Watson says he found depraved activity happening on site

(Newser) - Matt Watson says he may be leaving YouTube—and as a result of his detectiving, so are some big advertisers, at least for now. "Over the past 48 hours, I have discovered a wormhole ... into a soft-core pedophile ring," the video creator said in a clip posted Sunday... More »

He Asked Young Fans to 'Prove' Themselves. Now, a Guilty Plea

Austin Jones could see 20 years on child porn charges for enticing girls to send explicit videos

(Newser) - A YouTube star indicted in 2017 on child pornography charges pleaded guilty to one count Friday, admitting he lured six young teens into making and sending him explicit videos in which they danced provocatively, talked about how old they were, and showed their genitals, breasts, and anuses to him at... More »

Child Porn Caused Closure of New Mexico Observatory

After laptop was seized, janitor warned of 'serial killer'

(Newser) - After the Sunspot Solar Observatory in New Mexico mysteriously closed for 11 days , citing unspecified "security concerns," rumors of alien sightings or other strange cosmic goings-on proliferated. But the real reason was apparently the disturbing behavior of an Earthling janitor, reports the Albuquerque Journal . According to a federal... More »

Feds Say Man Posed as Prince in Order to Get Explicit Photos

David Milliner pleaded not guilty to child porn charges

(Newser) - A Philadelphia man pretended to be a prince in an elaborate catfishing scheme to get young boys to send them explicit photographs of themselves, according to federal authorities. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported 49-year-old David Milliner pleaded not guilty to child pornography charges during a court hearing Thursday. Prosecutors said Milliner... More »

Advocate for Kids Accused in 'Sickening' Case

FBI accuses Joel Davis of 'the highest degree of hypocrisy'

(Newser) - His public push to end sexual violence against children was so significant it reportedly nabbed him a nomination for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Joel Davis' private actions couldn't have been more contradictory, say police. The 22-year-old Columbia University student, who started Youth to End Sexual Violence before becoming... More »

Ex-CIA Worker Charged: He 'Utterly Betrayed This Nation'

Joshua Adam Schulte hit with 13-count indictment, with charges including stealing classified info

(Newser) - A former CIA employee was charged Monday with stealing classified national defense information from the agency that emerged publicly in March 2017, when WikiLeaks began releasing some of the CIA's hacking tools. Joshua Adam Schulte of Manhattan was charged in a 13-count superseding indictment returned by a grand jury,... More »

He Got HIV on Purpose. What He Planned Was Even Worse

Stephen Koch tells judge he wanted to infect others

(Newser) - A 25-year-old Arkansas man has been sentenced to 50 years in prison after admitting he purposefully contracted HIV with the goal of infecting others. Stephen Koch of Scranton was initially arrested on drug charges, though an informant later told police Koch was also viewing child pornography. A subsequent search of... More »

How a Few Files Could Endanger All of Bitcoin

Study suggests child porn-related content in blockchain could make it illegal to possess

(Newser) - For anyone who carefully tracks bitcoin, Tuesday brought the good with the bad. On a positive note, the cryptocurrency's value topped $9,000, up from a weekend low of $7,335, reports CNBC . On a more dour note comes the news that child abuse photos are lurking within its... More »

Fogle: Judge With Teen Daughters Is Biased

He wants her to recuse herself from his case

(Newser) - "He who represents himself has a fool for a client," according to an old saying that Jared Fogle isn't doing much to disprove. The former Subway pitchman, who is serving a 15-year sentence for child pornography and child prostitution, has filed a bizarre appeal arguing that the... More »

Bath-Time Pics Got Their Kids Taken Away. Now a Ruling

Judges find social workers violated parents' rights

(Newser) - Their daughters were taken away from them; their friends and family were questioned about them molesting children; and on Tuesday—a decade later—AJ and Lisa Demaree received some amount of justice. It started when the Demarees went to a Walmart in Arizona to get more than 100 photos from... More »

Facebook Sex Video Triggers Child Porn Charges for 1,004

Sex between 15-year-olds is legal, but sharing video of it is considered distributing child porn

(Newser) - The two videos tallied up to 59 seconds and could "ruin my life," says one 19-year-old. She doesn't appear in the footage, but was one of 1,004 people—996 of them between the ages of 15 and 24—notified Monday that they face preliminary charges for... More »

Jared Fogle's Attempt to Represent Himself Flops

Ex-Subway pitchman's motion is rejected

(Newser) - Ex-Subway pitchman Jared Fogle's pricey team of lawyers couldn't get him out of sex and child pornography convictions; neither, it seems, could Jared Fogle. The federal prison inmate learned on Wednesday that his effort to get those convictions overturned—via a Nov. 6 motion he filed "pro... More »

Vegas Shooter's Brother Arrested

Police believe Bruce Paddock possesses child porn

(Newser) - One brother of the Las Vegas shooter is in police custody himself, suspected of possessing child pornography, the AP reports. Bruce Paddock, 58, was arrested Wednesday while he was awaiting surgery for spinal stenosis at a Los Angeles assisted-living facility, NBC News reports. Bruce Paddock told news outlets after the... More »

Cops: Track Coach Tried to Transmit HIV to Students

He's accused of sexually abusing 42 kids

(Newser) - The number of victims believed to have been abused by a track coach and school aide in Maryland has almost doubled: A 206-count indictment made public this week accuses 30-year-old Carlos Deangelo Bell of abusing 42 boys between May 2015 and June 2017, Fox News reports. In July, he was... More »

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