The U.S. Attorney’s Office Northern District of Alabama announced that 29 year old Ryan Thomas Carver pleaded guilty to possession of a collection of pictures and videos depicting child sexual abuse. According to court documents, Carver purchased child abuse content from Welcome to Video, a now-defunct dark web “the largest darknet child pornography website” according to the United States Department of Justice.
Carver’s arrest resulted from the takedown of Welcome To Video, which according to authorities was the largest child sexual exploitation Darknet marketplace by volume of content. The site sold child exploitation videos to its users for bitcoin. Each of the site’s users received a unique bitcoin address after opening an account. The bitcoin addresses were used to send bitcoins to purchase the child exploitation images.
According to court documents, on March 5, 2018, agents from the IRS-CI, HSI, National Crime Agency, and Korean National Police in South Korea arrested the owner of Welcome to Video and seized its server. The operation resulted in the seizure of approximately eight terabytes of child sexual exploitation videos. The agencies also retrieved data from the seized server and shared it with law enforcement around the world to aid in identifying and prosecuting suspects who purchased from the site.
From the data seized in the takedown of the site, the HSI recovered evidence that indicated that Carver had sent bitcoins to one of the site’s addresses. On the same day the site was takedown HSI agents raided Carver’s home in Huntsville, Alabama. The agents seized Carver’s electronic devices and arrested him. On analyzing the electronic devices, the investigators found a total of 180 “identified series of child pornography,” which included 3,102 pictures, 162 videos, and 45 identified victims.
Carver was consequently charged with one count of possession of child pornography that he pleaded guilty to on November 14, 2019.
Speaking during the announcement of Carver’s guilty plea U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town said, “Criminals who victimize our children through digital pixels, videos, or photos should expect a visit from federal law enforcement. It’s not a question of if, but when. And when we find you, we will prosecute you and you will go to federal prison.”
Speaking on behalf of the HSI Assistant Special Agent in Charge of Alabama James G. Hernandez said, “HSI and its law enforcement partners are committed to protecting those among us that are the most vulnerable. HSI uses all of the tools and technology available to ensure that criminals find no refuge in the Darknet.”
Carver’s sentencing hearing will be held on March 13, 2020. He faces a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of $250,000.
In addition to Carver and the admin of Welcome To Video, 336 additonal suspects were arrested worldwide in connection with the site. In the US the operation resulted in searches of residences and businesses of approximately 92 individuals. Tens of suspects were subsequently arrested and charged. The operation also helped rescue at least 23 minor victims residing in the United States, Spain, and the United Kingdom, who were being abused by the users of the site.
This Guy Deserves It
Finally LE does something useful by getting this sicko off of the streets. Take down targets like this instead of people who sell grams of marijuana and you may find yourself having more respect from the general public.
Yea leave the cannabis community alone!
Can we cut his eyes out?
Track him down and cut his eyes out. Stamp on one and eat the other.
Better get ready for prison tubby.. Im comin to eat that shitter like an apple fritter you fat piece of shit.
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Finally LE does something useful by getting this sicko off of the streets. Take down targets like this instead of people who view rendered pictures of naked kids and you may find yourself having more respect from the general public.
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Finally LE does something useful by getting this sicko off of the streets. Take down targets like this instead of people who sell innocent plants and legal research chemicals and you may find yourself having more respect from the general public.
Equivocating Child Porn and Marijuana Use
If you cannot see how child porn is different then choosing to consume marijuana. Then you are so low IQ there is nothing I can do for you.
Both smoking marijuana and viewing child porn are bad. Yes this is true. Both are bad for you.
But OBVIOUSLY choosing to consume marijuana doesn't exploit a child genitals for an adults sense of sexual pleasure.
If you cannot see the difference in these two things. Seriously consider killing yourself and saving space on this planet for people who are much better then you.
In Reply to "Moral Relativism"
I bet 100 dollars that the man who posted the comment implying that viewing child porn and consuming marijuana are morally equal… Well I bet he views child porn.
Just remember that no matter how much you try to justify your actions to yourself. We all know what you are. A sick and twisted human being.
How about instead of trying to justify your reprehensible use of child porn, you check yourself into an institution that can make sure you never harm a child.
But that would require some morals wouldn't it? That would require your sick mind to have a conscience.
Moral Relativism confirmed pedo.
TrapGod gives rim jobs to confirmed pedos.
Thank god LE started going after pedos on the dark web instead of small timers buying weed. Wasted so much time on little weed dealers while letting the cartel and pedos run free!
John Juan demarco
They need to chop these fools balls off
ALL DRUGS SHOULD BE LEGAL
not sure what all this emphasis with marijuana is…it's not the only drug that should be legal.
this is the dark web, which should be a bastion of freedom. as long as you are not harming anyone, u should be left alone.
child pornography is harmful and hurts innocent children.
people who choose to consume cocaine, heroin, crack, crystal meth, pcp, ghb, lsd, dmt, magic mushrooms, and other drugs should be left alone.
I agree, we should properly educate people about drug use instead of manufacturing propaganda, telling them to abstain and throwing them in prisons for long amounts of time when they failed to comply. But hey I guess they need to fill their private prisons somehow.
This guy equating child porn to marijuana use. Give us a friggin’ break. The reason you think drugs are bad and harmful is because the system has messed up with your brain into believing so. Well some substances are damn harmful yes, but some are useful and have been even used in spiritual practices through ages. Are you familiar that too much salt could kill you? And that legal alcohol kills more people than acid or marijuana.
Now all forms of porn suck and I myself am an opponent of the porn industry in general. Child porn is like a real sickness dude, don't ever equate that with the right to alter your own consciousness.
When the FBI will arrest the true criminals in the CIA and people at the head of the US killing thousand in others countries
Is this sickfk really goin by the moniker: LegalizeChildPorn?????wtf?
This dude looks like a typical child abuser. Cringe as fuck. I'd slice that fucking smirk off his face so fast and proudly do the time for assaulting this fucking reject. These monsters make my skin crawl.
Triple Naught Spy
I am from Alabama, they recently called prisons in Alabama “Medieval”. You know what I say about that? Great, they aren't supposed to be summer camps and the residents did not land there for selling Bibles on Sunday. Chomo's , rapist's, sex offenders of any ilk are in for a rough ass time, no pun intended. They are B.O.S. , beat on sight or S.O.S. , stab on sight. If you are white, if you encounter a individual like this and get within striking distance and fail to act it will be your ass that is had. It is that serious, serious as dick cancer. Them boys in there DO NOT PLAY. That idiot sure picked a bad state to catch that charge in. Hopefully the good ole boys in Atmore, Kilby will straighten his sick ass out. Peace
Triple Naught Spy,
He was convicted in federal court. He won't be going to state prison.