Justice Department officials say that four men have been sentenced to jail for their engagement in a what they describe as a “global child exploitation enterprise.”
Patrick D. Falte, 29, of Tennessee, was sentenced to 35 years in prison for engaging in a child exploitation enterprise, three counts of advertising child pornography, and three counts of distributing child pornography. Benjamin A. Faulkner, 28, of Ontario, Canada, was sentenced to 35 years in prison; Andrew R. Leslie, 24, of Middleburg, Florida, was sentenced to 30 years in prison; and Brett A. Bedusek, 35, of Cudahy, Wisconsin, was sentenced to 20 years in prison, all for their role in the enterprise.
The men all operated through a website on the Tor Network, a hidden network only accessible through anonymous accounts that got approval. The site was organized into different forums for posting different types of child pornography, categorized by age range of the minor victims, including a forum for “Babies & Toddlers.” At the time the site was shut down in November 2016, it had over 72,000 registered users and 56,000 posts.