Daniel Jess Moore from Wellington, New Zealand was identified to be the operator and gatekeeper of an international network that was exchanging and distributing child porn via an IRC channel.
The channel reportedly had over 100 active participants which traded “many millions of child sex abuse pictures and movies exclusively between its members”. Moore, along with an unnamed US man, were considered the operators and gatekeepers of said channel, employing on- and offline cryptography to conceal their criminal operation.
The sting was possible due to a co-operation between agents of the US Secret Service and the New Zealand police as well as the Department of Internal Affairs who where monitoring the channel and its participants since October 2007 and finally cracking down on it and arresting Moore on the 6th May 2008.
In the investigation after the raid, officials have found more than “11000 images and movies” on his computers as well as over “16000 objectionable images” on an external harddrive. It took the investigators over 5 days, working in shifts, to get all the data off of the computers’ encrypted harddrives. To hinder officials accessing the data which was protected by a 40-character passphrase, Moore tried desperately to “kick his machine to take the power off” when he was held down and handcuffed.
Not only has Moore already been convicted in 2003 for “distribution and possession of objectionable images”, he also was arrested in January 2009 for following a woman on footpath and “secretly filming up her dress as she stood at traffic lights”.
Yesterday, 32-year old Daniel Moore was sentenced to 4 and a half years in jail, pleading guilty to 10 charges of distributing and 51 of possessing objectionable material plus one count of making an intimate visual recording. His US accomplice was sentenced to 18 years in jail which he currently serves.