Member Of Former TZL Child Porn Website Sentenced

Seth Piccolo (44), from Grand Rapids, was sentenced to five years in prison for his role in The Love Zone (TLZ), a former child porn website on the dark web. He pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, possession and access with intent to view child pornography.

Piccolo was a member of TLZ and had to upload images of his own child pornography material to remain a member, according to court documents. This was a requirement to avoid undercover federal agents registering to the dark net site. The Australia-based website had been taken down in a joint action by the FBI and Australian investigators in December 2014.

According to law enforcement authorities, Piccolo tried to cover his actions using encryption and evidence-destroying software on his home computer. U.S. Attorney Patrick Miles Jr said in statement:

“The dark web is no sanctuary for criminal activity. Law enforcement in the Western District of Michigan is committed to tracking down criminals who try to use technology to evade detection of their crimes, including child exploitation offenses.”

Matthew Borgula, defending Piccolo, said his client was involved with The Love Zone child porn site for six months and only uploaded images to TLZ to comply



Read more ... source: TheBitcoinNews

Advertise on the Bitcoin News

NO COMMENTS