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PlayPen Member with 5,500 Downloads Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

On January 18, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced a member of the darknet child abuse forum known as PlayPen to six years in prison. The defendant, a 42-year-old Jacksonville man named Jason Barnes, was found guilty following a September bench trial. During Operation Pacifier, FBI agents identified Barnes after he accessed PlayPen on February 28 and March ... Read More »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Five Years in Prison

A statement from the United States Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Florida revealed the sentencing of another member of a darknet child abuse forum. This sentencing occurred only days after another Florida man pleaded guilty to downloading and viewing videos depicting various forms of child abuse during the same week in 2015 when the FBI had taken control ... 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 »

Florida PlayPen Member Sentenced to Six Years in Prison

In Jacksonville, Florida, United States District Judge Brian J. Davis sentenced yet another member of the darknet child pornography website PlayPen. The defendant, 42-year-old Jason Dean Barnes, will spend six years in federal prison for downloading thousands of images depicting child abuse. After his release from prison, Barnes will spend 10 years on federal supervision. He will also register as ... Read More »

Kentucky Man Sentenced to 87 Months in PlayPen Case

As a result of a “nationwide operation conducted by the FBI” that investigated child abusers and downloaders of child pornography on the darknet, 29-year-old Craig T. Anderson will spend the next 87 months in federal prison. In 2017, Anderson pleaded guilty to knowingly receiving child pornography. FBI Special Agent in Charge Amy Hess and Robert M. Duncan, Jr., United States ... Read More »

Oregon PlayPen Member Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison

A federal judge sentenced 44-year-old Thomas Gene Duncan to 25 years in prison and a lifetime of supervised release. Duncan had spent almost 100 hours on a darknet child abuse forum called “PlayPen.” When the FBI raided his Gresham home in October, 2015, they found 120 videos and 4,000 pictures downloaded from numerous child abuse sites, including PlayPen. They also ... Read More »

PlayPen Member Sentenced to 14 Years in Prison

U.S. District Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California sentenced a former member of PlayPen, a darknet child abuse forum, to 14 years in prison and 15 years on parole. Jason Sebastian Sparks, a 29-year-old from Oroville, California, had accessed the forum for just over three hours in 2015. The FBI had only taken control of the ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Gets 17.5 Years in Prison

One member of Playpen, a darknet child pornography forum, recently received a prison sentence of almost 18-years. Daryl Glenn Pawlak was one of the many Playpen members caught by the FBI in a single operation dubbed “Operation Pacifier.” Pawlak, a 39-year-old man from Texas, had previously pleaded guilty to the receipt of child pornography and one count of access with ... 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 »

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PlayPen Member “Fred Flintstone” Gets 12 Years in Prison

In a PlayPen case that worked in the government’s favor, U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced 62-year-old Richard Lueck to serve 12 years in prison. Unlike many recent headline PlayPen cases, such as USA v. David Tippens or USA v. Jay Michaud, Lueck was not represented by Colin Fieman. Fieman, one of the more well-known names in the FBI’s ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Convicted Playpen Member Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

One of the hot-topic defendants in the Playpen case, David Tippens, managed to walk out of the courtroom on June 13 with only a six month prison sentence. Tippens, like many of the suspects caught in the FBI’s Operation Pacifier dragnet, was charged with receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and transport of child pornography. When compared to ... Read More »

One PlayPen Member May Only Serve Four Years

One of the men caught in the FBI’s notorious “Operation Pacifier,” U.S. Army Sgt. David Tippens, fought the charges filed against him with more intensity than most. Documents released in his case revealed the “outrageous” behavior of the FBI. Tippens, defended by the public defender who got one PlayPen member acquitted, appeared to be headed in the same direction. However, ... Read More »

Slovakian Authorities Charged A Past Member Of PlayPen Child Porn Site

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the administrator then took control of the child porn website PlayPen, investigators all over the world arrested about 900 users of the illicit site. A week ago, Swiss authorities reported that they detained 42 suspects who were alleged members of PlayPen. Now, an additional defendant was arrested in Slovakia who is accused of ... Read More »