Monday 20 November 2017

Men facing jail for setting up dark web chat room for child porn

The men distributed hundreds of thousands of child porn images on the dark web
The men distributed hundreds of thousands of child porn images on the dark web

Emily Pennink

Two perverts are facing jail for setting up a chat room on the dark web to distribute hundreds of thousands of child porn images.

Brett McBain, 51, and David Buckley, 54, admitted founding now defunct #TheOtherPlace in 2014, describing it as "a channel for the respectful appreciation of youthful beauty" when in reality its sole purpose was to share indecent images.

Over two years, self-styled "King of the Castle" McBain posted links to some 200,000 indecent images via the chat room and Buckley posted more than 30,000.

McBain, from Balham, south London, has pleaded guilty to 10 charges relating to the distribution of indecent images while Buckley, of Goole, East Yorkshire, has admitted a single charge of conspiring to distribute images with him.

The court heard they met through another similar channel on the dark web before they decided to set up their own version.

Mitigating, Dominic Thomas said McBain was an alcoholic who was "glad" to be arrested to "sort himself out".

Throughout, he thought his co-conspirator Buckley was a 24-year-old woman, the lawyer said.

Rina Hill, for Buckley, described him as a solitary man with alcohol and drug issues.

She said: "Mr Buckley maintains the real buzz and thrill for him in his interest in this channel was in the fact his persona as a woman meant that others gave him a lot of attention and made him feel less lonely."

Recorder Brian Altman QC will sentence the men at the Old Bailey on Monday.

Press Association

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