Res­i­dent gets 2 years for pos­sess­ing child porn

The Register Citizen (Torrington, CT) - - FRONT PAGE - By Reg­is­ter Cit­i­zen Staff

HART­FORD » A lo­cal man was sen­tenced Thurs­day to two years of im­pris­on­ment, fol­lowed by five years of su­per­vised re­lease, for pos­sess­ing child pornog­ra­phy.

Ti­mothy Allen, 36, of Torrington, pre­vi­ously pleaded guilty to pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy.

This mat­ter stems from “Op­er­a­tion Paci­fier,” an FBI in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Playpen, a global on­line fo­rum through which reg­is­tered users ad­ver­tised, dis­trib­uted and ac­cessed child pornog­ra­phy. On Feb. 20, 2015, the FBI seized a com­puter server host­ing Playpen from a web­host­ing fa­cil­ity in North Carolina, of­fi­cials said.

Pur­suant to a fed­eral court or­der in the East­ern District of Vir-

ginia, the web­site op­er­ated un­der FBI su­per­vi­sion Feb. 20 to March 4, 2015. Dur­ing

that time, the FBI col­lected in­for­ma­tion to iden­tify mem­bers of Playpen, of­fi­cials said.

Playpen had more than 150,000 mem­bers who cre­ated and viewed tens of thou­sands of post­ings re­lated

to child pornog­ra­phy. Images and videos shared through the site were highly cat­e­go­rized ac­cord­ing to vic­tim age, gen­der and type of sex­ual ac­tiv­ity. The site also had dis­cus­sion fo­rums that in­cluded tips for groom­ing vic­tims and avoid­ing de­tec­tion, of­fi­cials said.

The FBI de­ter­mined a user name con­nected to an IP ad­dress op­er­at­ing at Allen’s home had ac­cessed Playpen for ap­prox­i­mately 34 hours dur­ing the mon­i­tor­ing pe­riod. In­ves­ti­ga­tors then searched his home and seized sev­eral de­vices that he used to view child pornog­ra­phy.

Foren­sic anal­y­sis of the de­vices re­vealed more than 4,000 images of child pornog­ra­phy, in­clud­ing images and videos of pre­pubescent mi­nors as well as more than 60 voyeurism videos, of­fi­cials said.

He was re­leased on a $50,000 bail and or­dered to re­port to prison on Oct. 17.

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