Richland teen used dark web to access child pornography, ICAC says

Richland teen used dark web to access child pornography, ICAC says
Jiyeon Lee/CNN

RICHLAND, Wash. — A 19-year-old Richland man is accused of using the dark web to gain access to child pornography.

The dark web is defined as “the portion of the internet that is intentionally hidden from search engines, uses masked IP addresses, and is accessible only with a special web browser.”

Juan Gutierrez Cardenas was booked at the Benton County Jail last week on charges of child porn possession and dealing in depictions of minors engaged in sexual conduct, said Southeast Regional Internet Crimes Against Children spokesman Sgt. Darryl Judge

ICAC started investigating Cardenas’ alleged criminal activity after receiving a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Judge said the suspect used “complex methods” to hide his identity during the investigation.

Authorities arrested Cardenas at his Richland home, seizing computers and other electronic devices.

During an interview with police, Cardenas admitted to having a sexual interest in children and possessing child porn.

It’s unclear if he will be charged in Benton County or federal court, Judge said.

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