Thursday 19 October 2017

‘Biggest facilitator of child porn on planet’ to apply for bail

Eric Eoin Marques
Eric Eoin Marques
Sarah Stack

Sarah Stack

A MAN described by the FBI as being the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet is expected to apply for bail today.

Eric Eoin Marques is wanted in the United Stated on four charges linked to website images described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre-pubescent children.

The 28-year-old, who has Irish and US citizenship, will appear before the High Court in Dublin where extradition proceedings are under way.

Defence barrister Remy Farrell previously indicated he will apply for bail for his client, who was arrested by police in the Irish capital on August 1.

Marques is wanted in connection with four counts involving the advertising of child pornography, distribution of child pornography, conspiracy to advertise child pornography and conspiracy to distribute child pornography.

The charges date from July 24 2008 to July 29 2013 and each carries a maximum penalty of between 20 and 30 years.

If convicted in the US on all four counts he faces up to 100 years in jail.

An FBI special agent previously told the court the suspect, who has an address on Mountjoy Square in Dublin's north inner city, is suspected of being "the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet".

He is accused of being the sole administrator of a hosting server where multiple websites were held and where it is alleged pornographic images were shared.

Mr Marques has denied being the administer of the anonymous hosting server.

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