City man jailed for life

Serv­ing sen­tence in U.S. for child’s rape, op­er­at­ing child porn site

North Bay Nugget - - NORTH BAY NUGGET - Jen­nifer Hamil­ton-mccHarles

A North Bay man who taught swim­ming and played trum­pet in a lo­cal band is serv­ing life be­hind bars in the U.S. for rap­ing a fouryear-old girl and run­ning a child porn site.

Ben­jamin Faulkner was ar­rested in Oc­to­ber 2016 at a home in Mont­pe­lier Va., ac­cord­ing to the Rich­mond Times Dis­patch.

Faulkner and his busi­ness part­ner, Pa­trick Falte of Nashville, were sen­tenced to life on Sept. 15 in Rich­mond.

He is cur­rently at the Fed­eral Trans­fer Cen­tre Ok­la­homa City. Pros­e­cu­tors are pre­par­ing to bring Faulkner and Falte to court in Ten­nessee where they are ac­cused of run­ning the child porn site The GiftBox Ex­change.

U.S. Home­land Se­cu­rity, as well as po­lice in Europe, had been track­ing Faulkner and Falte for some time.

The pair op­er­ated Child’s Play – the world’s big­gest child sex web­site, ac­cord­ing to the UK Daily Mail.

At its peak, Child’s Play had more than one mil­lion pro­files and 4,000 of those were ac­tive users, in­clud­ing about 100 pro­duc­ers who raped chil­dren or filmed oth­ers do­ing so, ac­cord­ing to The Daily Mail. The web­site also dis­trib­uted photos and videos.

“Po­lice waited months for the pair to meet, as they some­times did, after Faulkner, 27, drove from North Bay to Manas­sas, VA, to meet 27-year-old Pa­trick Falte,” The Daily Mail states.

“There they raped a four-yearold pro­vided by one of their users, who filmed the whole abuse as he had done on other oc­ca­sions.”

Ac­cord­ing to The Times Dis­patch, court doc­u­ments in­di­cate Falte made three trips and Faulkner made two trips to Vir­ginia in 2015 and 2016 to sex­u­ally abuse the child.

The news­pa­per said the abuse was filmed on at least two of the trips and up­loaded on­line.

“Faulkner and Falte groomed the child with pizza, ice cream and toys,” The Times Dis­patch re­ported.

The Daily Mail said the pair gave up their user names, pass­words and en­cryp­tion keys to po­lice at the time of their ar­rest. Faulkner’s user name was ‘War Head’.

The latest de­vel­op­ment in the case came this week when Ver­dens Gang (VG) AS of Nor­way re­ported that Child’s Play was be­ing op­er­ated by un­der­cover po­lice in Queens­land, Aus­tralia, in an at­tempt to catch more pe­dophiles.

Of­fi­cers as­sumed the iden­ti­ties of Faulkner and Falte, VG re­ported.

The web­site has since been shut down.

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