A man from Auckland, New Zealand who had tried to purchase a child from the dark web for sexual exploitation had received five years of imprisonment after fronting the Auckland District Court. The accused had been identified as Aaron Joseph Hutton aged 36 years who has been operating on the dark web under the username “Kiwipedo“.
The accused had pleaded guilty back in August previous year. He was booked under the charges – possession of child sexual exploitation material numbering 417 and participating in a deal involving child sexual exploitation.
The Department of Internal Affairs revealed that a rigorous undercover investigation had been conducted against Kiwipedo and other related gangs. This investigation has cooperated with the cops over the last five years.
In 2015, the DIA had begun the investigation that had led them to a specific username or dark web user who called themselves “Kiwipedo“. The username had requested child sexual exploitation material from the online investigators. He had also tried to meet and purchase a child below seven years for the sole purpose of sexual abuse. He was ready to pay $15,000 for the child.
Over the course of the investigation period, the investigators had been able to collect enough data about the accused to successfully apply for the search warrants at the residential and business address. They have seized several devices.
The forensic examination had led to the discovery of over 400 child exploitation images. The hard drives acquired from his residence contained folders named ‘Sick and Twisted’ and ‘Pure Evil and Darkness’. The examination had also proved that the accused was “Kiwipedo“. The DIA manager of the digital child exploitation team, Tim Houston, had concluded the case.
Hutton asked the agent how the ‘search’ was going and said in another message: ‘As for the trafficking still keen just trying to organize my life so I can accept the item.’
“DIA, Customs, and police continue to work tirelessly together to investigate individuals trading in child sexual exploitation material. We are acutely aware that persons consuming and distributing child sexual exploitation material also present significant risks to children in the offline world,” Houston said.
“Child sexual exploitation and abuse material depicts a crime scene, and the worst moment in a child’s life. Stopping the distribution of this type of material is critical because every time this material is shared, the children involved in this crime are re‐victimized.”
Corey Brown, the detective sergeant of Waitemata Police, had mentioned that the case had involved several agencies that worked together.
“This was a prolonged, detailed investigation and police and our partners are constantly evolving in our investigative techniques to target those individuals offending online,” Brown said.
“We hope today’s sentencing serves as a warning to other offenders preying on children online and distributing child exploitation material that it is only a matter of time before you are caught and prosecuted,” Brown says.
Source: Daily Mail
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