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Case Analysis: Child porn ring using a messaging app



AN IMPORTANT CASE ANALYSIS: Michael Stephen Autry and six others sentenced for administrating a child pornography ring using Kik Messenger


Autry was sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to distribution of child pornography. Autry created a group called "Taboo Train 2.0" using the Kik Messenger app.

Autry told the group it was meant for members to share pic and videos of all things "taboo… specifically incest, teens, and taboo relationships (young/old, teacher/student, etc.)” and they were encouraged to “share your stories, pics, videos, fantasies, etc!”

Unbeknownst to Autry an FBI undercover agent had joined the group and was even invited in to a specialized group called "The Common Interest" which Autry was the administrator. In addition to Autry there are eight other defendants who have been identified as participating in the online child pornography ring.

Take away: child pornography rings, whether they are operated through a public platform such as Kik or in the Dark Net, are extremely destructive to the minor victims that have their photos taken during exploitation and shared with thousands, even millions, around the globe.


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