Man Who Bought Unlawful Child Imagery with Bitcoin on Dark Web Sentenced to 3.5 Years in Prison


  • Man was sentenced to 42 months in prison for the purchase and download of child pornography.
  • Bitcoin was used to purchase a subscription to a website that allowed the man to have access to the content.

The dark web is a filthy and dangerous place, which is only further perpetuated by a recent case involving a man in the United States. The man used Bitcoin on the dark web to purchase child abuse imagery, which he downloaded and concealed after that purchase. According to an article from TNW, the criminal has received a prison sentence of 42 months.

Details from the case date back to May 2017, when Stephen P. Langlois, Jr. subscribed to a website for child pornography overseas with his BTC holdings. From the server, the subscription made it possible for Langlois to download over 100 videos of child pornography. The man has also pled guilty to the possession of child pornography in January 2019.

Along with the prison sentence, the criminal will be supervised for an entire decade after his release. He will also be forced to pay $5,000, which is a mandatory assessment imposed by the Justice for Victims Trafficking Act.

The fact that Bitcoin is used in dark web purchases is hardly new, as cyber criminals will use basically any method of technology to hide their nefarious cryptocurrency activities. To make matters worse, the problems do not end with the dark web or Bitcoin, as TNW’s Hard Fork says.

Wired reported on a major issue a few months ago, regarding videos of children that were exposing their genitals on YouTube. The videos were viewed millions of times, and there were even advertisements from many multinational brands that were attached to the content. Pedophiles in the comments section posted the times during the videos that users could skip ahead to see the nudity.

Hard Fork also reported on some changes to the Bitcoin Satoshi’s Vision (BSV) allowed for materials involving child exploitation to be listed on their blockchain ledger. However, the fact that Bitcoin was involved in such a detrimental charge doesn’t help the reputation of the crypto market.

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