Child Pornographer Denied Pre-Trial Release Four Times

By Anthony Spencer

The words child pornography will (and should) strike fear into the hearts of every parent. The proliferation of both child pornography and the number of crimes against children has, unfortunately, been on the rise. It is no picnic for people who get caught.

For Victor Stepus, 47, of Chicopee, after four attempts to gain pretrial release in his child pornography possession case, he has once again been denied in U.S. District Court.

Nine months ago, Stepus was arrested as a part of a nationwide sting that targeted alleged users of a “dark web” or “deep web” site called Playpen. The Playpen made thousands of child pornography images – some of them sadistic – available on the internet. Stepus was just one of 135 people from 18 states that were arrested in the child porn roundup that was codenamed Operation Pacifier by the FBI.

A federal magistrate judge in the state of Virginia approved a single warrant which would allow the government to take over the website and collect the IP addresses of users.

The dark web, which began its days as a tool employed by the U.S. Navy that allowed government officials exchange classified information, has since …read more

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