United States: one of the biggest hosts of pedophile images in the world sentenced to 27 years in prison

the essential Washington, 16 seven 2021 (AFP) – A man of American and Irish nationality has been sentenced to 16 in the United States for harboring millions of pedophile images on the dark web, the underground version of the internet, the US Department of Justice announced on Thursday.

Eric Marques, 36 years, “was one of the most important distributors of child pornography in the world”, noted the federal prosecutor Jonathan Lenzner, quoted in a press release. It has “hosted and helped share millions of gruesome images and videos of child abuse,” he added.

From July 2008 to July 2013, he oversaw a dark web service that hosted more than 200 pedophile sites, some of which contained images of rape or sadistic acts on infants or very young children, according to the ministry.

Almost two million of these images were unknown to investigators.

Arrested in 2013

Eric Marques had been arrested in Ireland in 2013 during a vast police operation, involving the American federal police but also Europol, and extradited to the United States in 2019. He had pleaded guilty on February 6 2020, thus avoiding a trial.

The years spent in preventive detention will be taken into account, but he will have to pay 87 dollars, sentencing judge Theodore Chuang ruled on Wednesday.

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