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Dark Web Gives Up “World’s Largest Facilitator of Child Pornography”

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Monday,the Department of Justice released a report saying Eric Marques, who has been in custody in Ireland since August 1, 2013, will be extradited to the United States to face federal charges of making available over one million images of child pornography.

“The charges against him relate to grotesque images on more than a hundred anonymous websites described as being extremely violent, graphic and depicting the rape and torture of pre-pubescent children,” reported the Irish Sun Times.

The FBI spent a full year attempting to identify and track down Marques as he jetted around the world.

Full Press Release :

Irish authorities extradited a dual national citizen of the United States and Ireland to the United States to face federal charges that he allegedly advertised and distributed child pornography on the dark web.

The extradition and federal charges were announced by Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur for the District of Maryland and Assistant Director Robert Johnson of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division.

Eric Eoin Marques, 33, arrived in the United States on March 23, and had his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland.  An amended criminal complaint was filed on Aug. 8, 2013, and unsealed today at Marques’ initial appearance.  Marques is charged with conspiracy to advertise child pornography, conspiracy to distribute child pornography, aiding and abetting the advertising of child pornography, and aiding and abetting the distribution of child pornography.  At the hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sullivan ordered that Marques be detained pending trial or a detention hearing scheduled for March 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m.

“Child exploitation sites on the dark web present a grave danger to children and unprecedented challenges to the world’s law enforcement agencies,” said Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.  “The complaint unsealed today demonstrates the Department’s commitment to pursuing those accused of serious child pornography offenses wherever they may hide on the web and in the world, and to seeking justice for the countless children that are victimized by those who facilitate this horrendous conduct.”

“Criminals cannot hide on the dark web or in foreign countries,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.  “We will find them and bring them to justice.  We are grateful to Irish authorities for their assistance to bring Eric Marques to the United States to face these charges.”

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