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Texas Playpen Member Gets 17.5 Years in Prison

One member of Playpen, a darknet child pornography forum, recently received a prison sentence of almost 18-years. Daryl Glenn Pawlak was one of the many Playpen members caught by the FBI in a single operation dubbed “Operation Pacifier.” Pawlak, a 39-year-old man from Texas, had previously pleaded guilty to the receipt of child pornography and one count of access with ... Read More »

Playpen Member Guilty of Receiving Child Pornography

On September 19, Acting United States Attorney W. Stephen Muldrow announced that a 41-year-old Jacksonville man had been found guilty of receiving images of child abuse from the darknet. The charge and subsequent guilty verdict connected to activity on Playpen, the notorious darknet “child pornography” forum. According to court documents—none of which, notably, mentioned Playpen by name—the FBI identified the ... Read More »

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PlayPen Member “Fred Flintstone” Gets 12 Years in Prison

In a PlayPen case that worked in the government’s favor, U.S. District Judge Carlos E. Mendoza sentenced 62-year-old Richard Lueck to serve 12 years in prison. Unlike many recent headline PlayPen cases, such as USA v. David Tippens or USA v. Jay Michaud, Lueck was not represented by Colin Fieman. Fieman, one of the more well-known names in the FBI’s ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Texas Playpen Member Found Guilty of All Charges

Like dozens of the defendants caught in the FBI’s “Operation Pacifier,” 39-year-old Daryl Glenn Pawlak fought the case with vigor. He opposed the FBI’s use of the NIT that connected his username to his company computer. He first accessed “Playpen,” the child sexual abuse forum, in August 2014, according to a grand jury indictment returned in 2016. Between August 2014 ... Read More »

Convicted Playpen Member Sentenced to Six Months in Prison

One of the hot-topic defendants in the Playpen case, David Tippens, managed to walk out of the courtroom on June 13 with only a six month prison sentence. Tippens, like many of the suspects caught in the FBI’s Operation Pacifier dragnet, was charged with receipt of child pornography, possession of child pornography, and transport of child pornography. When compared to ... Read More »

One PlayPen Member May Only Serve Four Years

One of the men caught in the FBI’s notorious “Operation Pacifier,” U.S. Army Sgt. David Tippens, fought the charges filed against him with more intensity than most. Documents released in his case revealed the “outrageous” behavior of the FBI. Tippens, defended by the public defender who got one PlayPen member acquitted, appeared to be headed in the same direction. However, ... Read More »

Slovakian Authorities Charged A Past Member Of PlayPen Child Porn Site

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the administrator then took control of the child porn website PlayPen, investigators all over the world arrested about 900 users of the illicit site. A week ago, Swiss authorities reported that they detained 42 suspects who were alleged members of PlayPen. Now, an additional defendant was arrested in Slovakia who is accused of ... Read More »

FBI Calls Playpen Case “Unprecedented in Scope”

A recent court case sparked heated debates surrounding tactics used by the FBI in the investigation into the now-convicted Steven W. Chase. Chase, as many know, created the “world’s largest child pornography website” called Playpen. He actively participated in administrative roles on the site as the site’s lead admin. Only few protested the convictions of Chase, two admins, and hundreds ... Read More »

Law Enforcement Arrested 900 PlayPen Users Worldwide

After the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested the administrator then took control of the child porn website PlayPen, investigators all over the world arrested about 900 users of the illicit site. In December 2014, the FBI took control of the PlayPen child porn website for 13 days after arresting the administrator. While the Bureau was controlling the website, they uploaded ... Read More »

Playpen Creator & Lead Administrator Found Guilty, 30 Years in US Prison

On May 1, Steven Chase, a 58-year-old creator and lead administrator of Playpen, was officially sentenced to 30 years in prison by US District Judge Richard Voorhees of the Western District of North Carolina. Chase was also required to forfeit his residence in Naples and accept a lifetime term of supervised release. Playpen is a sophisticated dark web marketplace and ... Read More »

Fourth PlayPen Moderator Gets 20-Year Sentence For Promoting Child Porn

David Lynn Browning, a 47-year-old moderator of PlayPen, a darknet child pornography distribution marketplace, was sentenced to 20 years in prison for promoting inappropriate and illicit content. Over the past few months, DeepDotWeb have provided extensive coverage on the trials of administrators and moderators of PlayPen. On February 1, in an article entitled “Third Co-Admin of the Child Pornography Site ... Read More »

Third Co-Admin of the Child Pornography Site “PlayPen” Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison

Michael Fluckiger, known as “Administrator 2” in the administration of the child pornography site PlayPen, pleaded guilty to his crimes in December 2015. In early January, a judge sentenced the man to 20 years in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise. The Indiana man, after being arrested in April 2015, pleaded not guilty to sexual exploitation and other ... Read More »

Teenage PlayPen Member Sentenced to Six Months in County Jail

Over the course of the last year, we learned of the FBI’s blatant disregard for the federal law during Operation Playpen. They hacked, at a minimum, 8,000 computers and only received a warrant from a magistrate judge in Virginia. Luckily for 19-year-old Lucas Zalesny, the District Attorney knew that Federal judges were throwing out the FBI’s evidence. After Zalesny had ... Read More »