A man who had more than 8.5 million images of child abuse on computer servers on the dark web has been sentenced by a judge in Maryland to 27 years and lifelong supervision.
Eric Eoin Marx, age 36, was arrested in Ireland in 2013 and extradited to the US in 2019 to face charges of conspiracy to advertise child pornography on the dark web. It is a dual nation of both the countries.
According to prosecutors, Marques built and operated computer servers on the dark web from 2008 to 2013, which enabled users to anonymously access millions of illegal images and videos, many of which depict the rape and torture of infants and children. Huh.
US Department of Justice said In an announcement that nearly 2 million of those images and videos “involved victims not previously known by law enforcement.”
The department explained, “Many of these images involved the tragic abuse of infants and children to include confinement, animalism and humiliation to include urination, defecation and vomiting.”
He was sentenced in a Maryland court by US District Judge Theodore Chuang, who told Marx that his conduct was no different from that of a drug lord.
In addition to a 27-year sentence, he was ordered to pay $87,000 (£63,000) to victims of child abuse images, which he helped distribute.
Judge Chuang rejected Marx’s lawyers’ request for a 21-year sentence, assuming he had already served eight years between Ireland and the US. After serving his sentence in federal prison, he will be able to return to his home in Dublin.
A court filing in April revealed that investigators had identified Marques as the largest bearer of child abuse images in the world, and that he earned $3.6 million (£2.6 million) from his activities.
Lawyers for Marx, convicted in February 2020, said his earnings were from his legitimate web-hosting services, not the dark web.
Acting US Attorney Jonathan Lenzner said after the sentencing: “This is the first case I know of where we went to seed the trade, the main engine driving the illegal child pornography trade on a global scale.”
He claimed that Marx caused “unspeakable harm” to children, some of whom were physically assaulted by members of the online community for the purpose of image sharing on dark web servers.
Additional reporting by The Associated Press
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