Middletown man sentenced for child porn

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (WTNH) — A Middletown man was sentenced Thursday in a Bridgeport courtroom, to 18 months in federal prison for possessing child pornography.

Back in July, 27 year-old Paul Hubbard plead guilty to one count of possession of child porn. Police arrested him in July 2015 following “Operation Pacifier”, an FBI investigation into Playpen, a global online forum through which registered users advertised, distributed and accessed child pornography.

Through the investigation, the FBI seized a computer server hosting Playpen, and operated the website under FBI supervision for two weeks, collecting information to identify members.

Playpen had more than 150,000 members who created and viewed tens of thousands of postings related to child pornography.  Images and videos shared through the site were highly categorized according to victim age and gender, as well as the type of sexual activity.  The site also included discussion forums that included tips for grooming victims and avoiding detection.

The FBI determined that a user name connected to an IP address operating at Hubbard’s Middletown home had accessed Playpen for approximately 13 hours during the monitoring period.  On July 16, 2015, the FBI searched Hubbard’s home and seized two laptop computers and two external hard drives.  Forensic analysis of the computers and hard drives revealed approximately 354 videos and 6,851 images of child pornography, including images and videos of prepubescent minors and images and videos that portrayed sadistic or masochistic conduct.

Hubbard was arrested on July 16, 2015.  On July 5, 2016, he pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.

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