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Massachusetts Pedophile Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

A 51-year-old from Chicopee, Massachusetts, was sentenced to seven years in federal prison for receipt and possession of child pornography. The defendant reportedly acquired thousands of child abuse images from the now-defunct darkweb forum “Playpen.”

According to an announcement by United States Attorney Andrew E. Lelling, Victor Stepus, 51, was sentenced to seven years in prison and 10 years of supervised release by U.S. District Court Judge Mark G. Mastroianni for receipt and possession of child pornography. Stepus acquired the child abuse content from the darkweb forum Playpen.

The investigation that led to Stepus' arrest was part of Operation Pacifier and coordinated by the FBI in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies worldwide. The operation took place in early 2015 after the seizure of Playpen’s server and arrest of its three admins. The seizure and arrests were facilitated by the leak of Playpen’s IP address.

The FBI released a graphic with Operation Pacifier stats

The FBI released a graphic with Operation Pacifier stats

Playpen’s creator and lead admin, Steven W. Chase, 61, of Naples, Florida, was sentenced to 30 years in prison and a lifetime term of supervised release in May 2017. Chase was also ordered to was ordered to forfeit his residence in Naples. The other two admins–Michael Fluckiger, 46, of Portland, Indiana, and David Lynn Browning, 47, of Wooton, Kentucky–were each sentenced to 20 years in prison and a lifetime term of supervised release.

After seizing Playpen’s servers, the FBI continued to run the site for 13 days in 2015 from February 20 to March 4. During the operation, the FBI hacked the computers of those who visited the site. The FBI uncovered more than 1,000 IP addresses and other identifying information by hacking the electronic devices of Playpen users who had accessed the site. The information was then distributed to FBI field offices, shared with other law enforcement agencies, and used to track down the site’s users. The information led to 350 arrests in the US and 870 worldwide.

In Stepus’ case the FBI used the information acquired from his electronic devices to obtain a search warrant that was executed in late August 2015. The search resulted in in the seizure of his personal computer that contained over 8,000 images and 33 videos depicting the abuse of children. Stepus was subsequently arrested and admitted that for several years he had used his PC to access and download the illegal content up to three times per week.

On November 22, 2019, Stepus pleaded guilty to three counts of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in the federal court in Springfield.

20 Comments
frosty
53af87d0 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

Dude thought that he would be safe but was still busted nearly 5 years after the bust lol

WUTY
239dcbc0 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

So was this Stepus guy one of the original people who's charges were dropped when the FBI declined to release info on their NIT for the court cases? That's all I recall about those many busts. Many cases were dropped because the FBI values secrecy too highly.

fucking faggots
0c8857e0 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

dedicate onion for faggot pedophiles and put info pedophiles don't change they deserve lessons with brass

hate pedos
8ba4c670 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

what kinda monster would do this...I hope he gets shanked in prison

indaknow
8c734d20 Sun, Mar 8, 2020

he will be sentenced to federal prison, where he will be tormented by every person in there, or he will do all 7 years in solitary., he will Pay the Price. you molest a kid, you get the green light.

windows only?
9af831c0 Mon, Mar 9, 2020

Wasn't this exploid for windows only?

lonezombie
022e4f40 Mon, Mar 9, 2020

He's most likely gonna be murdered in prison and deserves it too.

uhh
7782b1d0 Mon, Mar 9, 2020

Deserves to get murdered... for possession? Do you really believe that?

Sport
80d70900 Tue, Mar 10, 2020

I am glad that justice exists. The capture of such animals is only a matter of time. And if someone like him is lucky to avoid punishment, then others will be punished for those whom justice has not reached. Therefore animals, think well whether you want to be punished for others, for the damage that you have done together with them. Because real justice is done in prisons where, unlike in a court, you will be deprived of human rights, because you are not human anymore. Even the most fallen criminals have human rights, because they are still human, they have their lives, plans, dreams, families, home, and are able to love and understand the line between permitted and forbidden.

hey uhh
e5a39000 Tue, Mar 10, 2020

“uhh
Deserves to get murdered… for possession? Do you really believe that?
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YES, BECAUSE ITS A FANTASY THEY IMAGINE FIRST, WORK OUT THE DETAILS BY WATCHING PEDO PORN, AND THEN ACT OUT IN REAL LIFE. if you cant see this, you part the problem. you feel sorry for this guy? you dont feel anything for the children being molested? their lives are ruined. but its ok to watch?

frosty
f375b250 Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Completely agree! That's exactly what happens when I watch violent movies. Really helps in working the details out!

frosty
f96e7980 Tue, Mar 10, 2020

Completely agree! That's exactly what happens when I watch violent movies. Really helps in working the details out!

UhhIsARipper
f497b8c0 Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Anyone who doesn’t think guy deserves to get murdered in prison is too in fact a ripper, and enjoys looking at this filthy stuff. Like was fore mentioned; these poor children will in-fact become dirty human beings themselves because their whole life all they’ve know is dirty stuff. These children have no voice, you all are some sick individuals who search for this and, choke your chicken to it. Y’all dirty boys believe in Karma? It’s coming for you, hopefully sooner than later.

UhhIsARipper
f6babfd0 Wed, Mar 11, 2020

Anyone who doesn’t think guy deserves to get murdered in prison is too in fact a ripper, and enjoys looking at this filthy stuff. Like was fore mentioned; these poor children will in-fact become dirty human beings themselves because their whole life all they’ve know is dirty stuff. These children have no voice, you all are some sick individuals who search for this and, choke your chicken to it. Y’all dirty boys believe in Karma? It’s coming for you, hopefully sooner than later.

what ripper? Jack
5a664410 Wed, Mar 11, 2020

these poor children will in-fact become dirty human beings themselves because their whole life all they’ve know is dirty stuff
Correct. Many of these people have been abused themselves, which is precisely why mental health support must be prioritized over punitive sentences.

You are a step away from implying all abused children must be immediately thrown in the gas chamber since they have to potential to perpetuate the same crime themselves in the future.

Please, download some IQ and empathy.

hey hey uhh
0aa8f250 Wed, Mar 11, 2020

YES, BECAUSE ITS A FANTASY THEY IMAGINE FIRST, WORK OUT THE DETAILS BY WATCHING PEDO PORN, AND THEN ACT OUT IN REAL LIFE.
Yes, just like how by reading this article and the details of his capture, you are improving your plan for molesting children without getting caught in the future, right?

So you’re saying you’re a pedophile, right?

Please use your brain.

Frosty
ca2c3f40 Fri, Mar 13, 2020

reminder that world leaders like bill clinton, prince andrew, former CIA director, and others that were all implicated in the epstein child sex trafficking organization are all still roaming free and haven't even had charges brought against them.

Yikes
a03296f0 Tue, Jul 7, 2020

Reading about people providing others Pharmacy grade medications and getting slapped with 40+ yrs. Child Porn though? Heres a slap on the wrist.

Whoop
8ae8ca50 Sun, Jul 12, 2020

I hope this piece of shit rots in hell

childripper
d4817b70 Tue, Aug 18, 2020

riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiip hahaha

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