Man Arrested On “Welcome to Video” Darknet Pornography Website Subscription


The United States Attorney’s Office Northern District of Alabama announced that 29 years 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 video 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 bitcoin to purchase the child exploitation images.

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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 recovered 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.

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From the data seized in the takedown of the site, the HSI recovered evidence that indicated that Carver had sent bitcoin 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.

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