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Teen Avoids Jail After Downloading 4,500 Child Abuse Photos

At age 15, Corey Ewels used the darknet to download almost 4,500 pictures of child abuse, prosecutor Jeremy Evans told Grimsby Crown Court. Police raided Ewels’ Abbey Road, Grimsby home on January 20, 2015. One year passed before investigators analyzed the computer seized from house of the so-called “wizz kid.” Ewels, one of the youngest the court had ever seen ... Read More »

Pedophile Headed to Prison for Eight Years in “Rat Abuse” Case

U.S. District Judge Joseph F. Bianco sentenced 30-year-old Christopher Robert Grief to eight years in prison for receiving child pornography in interstate and foreign commerce. According to the announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, Grief, under the name “Mookie,” often visited child abuse forums dedicated to the torture of children. After his eight ... Read More »

German Man Downloaded 7000 Child Abuse Pictures

A District Court in Meschede heard the case of a 60-year-old man who “had one of the most shocking videos circulating the darknet.” The man, unsurprisingly, received a prison sentence of three years and three months for buying and having possession of child abuse material. Primarily the video. However, the 60-year-old also had more than 7,000 child abuse pictures and ... 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 »

German Police Bust Another Darknet Child Abuse Forum

According to the public prosecutor of Hechingen and the Baden-Wuerttemberg State Office of Criminal Investigation (LKA), a lengthy investigation led to the arrest of a suspected operator of a darknet child abuse (“child pornography”) forum. The press release revealed very little. It reads in a way that suggests the authorities, for the time being, want to keep other forum members ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

UK Man Claims He Watched CP to Understand His Childhood Abuse

On September 12, Teesside Crown Court heard Alan Walton explain his reasons for downloading more than 1,000 pictures that depicted child abuse. He had grown obsessed with the darknet where he downloaded the images to “storage devices” linked to a phone found at Walton’s home. According to the defense, it all started with a YouTube video. The prosecutor, Rachel Masters, ... 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 »

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 »

Dark Web Leads to Ketamine Abuse, Law Enforcement in Alert

The dark web has reintroduced ketamine to large markets around the world, including the UK and Taiwan. According to Drugs 2.0 author Mike Power, by early 2014, the supply and operations of ketamine dealers throughout the UK were wiped out. However, the dark web revived the global ketamine market and dealers have begun to supply the drug to larger markets. ... Read More »

Fentanyl Abuse On the rise in The U.S.

Reports of Fentanyl abuse rates are on the rise in the US responsible for hundreds, if not thousands of deaths within the US alone. Even though the prescription opioid is strongly regulated, its being manufactured with illegally obtained chemicals by street chemicals. Selling on the street under such names as Apache, China Girl, TNT, Dance Fever, and Murder 8, it ... Read More »