Teen Blames Darknet for Child Porn Found on His PC

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Missouri police announced that a high school student had been charged with 21 counts of felony possession of child pornography. The activities surfaced when school faculty and a local police officer confronted 18-year-old McGwire Coleman at his high school about a completely unrelated crime. After Coleman confessed that he committed the crimes the school had accused him of committing, the officer placed him under arrest and stuck him in a squad car.

Earlier this year, the director of UniTec Career Center, the principal from Farmington High School, staff from the IT department, and an officer with the Bonne Terre Police Department questioned Coleman—at school—about suspicious activity emanating from Coleman’s high school-issued Chromebook. The school asked him why he had been routinely accessing his home computer from his school computer. Coleman casually explained that he connected to his computer at home in order to use a “program called Pony Stealer” (presumably referring to the Pony loader malware). He harvested credentials that belonged to his classmates and then sold them on the internet, he confirmed in his own admission.

The Bonne Terre Police Department officer placed Coleman under arrest for identity theft. On the way to the county jail, Coleman asked if the police would search his home computer. The officer said that he would apply for a warrant for the computer later. Coleman then told the officer that he had a folder on the computer that contained an illegal video of a minor. The officer asked Coleman how old the minor was and Colemon responded, “about 12.”

After Coleman and the officer arrived at the jail, Coleman told the officer that someone on the darknet had randomly sent him the video. As if he enjoyed the thought of facing years in prison, Coleman told the officer that he had been browsing the darknet for a site to sell drugs when the stranger sent him the child pornography. Coleman reassured the officer that the video disgusted him, but he held onto it so that he could have used the video against the person who sent it to him.

Coleman provided the officer with his phone and Chromebook. He also told the officer that he could search his home computer and where he could find the videos. Although the 18-year-old told the officer that the computer only had one illegal video stored on it, the officer reportedly found 15 videos of the one girl Coleman had mentioned. But he also found folders with pictures and videos of additional minors.

Because of his ability to easily access the internet and willingness to break the law, the officer said that Coleman posed a threat to the community. The judge set Coleman’s bail at $525,000.


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