Confessions in child porn platform trial


AOn the third day of the trial, the two other defendants also spoke out in the trial about the child porn platform “BoysTown”, which is used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. One of the accused had previously confessed, the other did not want to give any information, but said the information he gave to the police was true. The public prosecutor's office in Frankfurt accuses the two of having set up the platform and made it available to the scene.

On Friday, the third defendant, who is said to have been one of the most active users, announced through his defense attorney that the allegations against him were true. He was active under the name "Putzi" and uploaded files that he had downloaded from forums. He does not know how many and whether there were many compared to other users. You had to do this as a sign of trust in order to be able to take part in the chat communication. However, he did not co-found “BoysTown” and also did not have a prominent position. "I was no more than a simple participant." The designations "superstar" and "guru", which were given to certain users and also to him, were thought up by others. Probably because he had been there for so long. The defendant did not answer questions from those involved in the proceedings.

"You live a double life"

As the only one of the four men, the fourth accused, 41 years old, who is said to have worked as a moderator and administrator and who is also accused of sometimes serious sexual abuse of two children, spoke in his own words. He also called the allegations true. He deeply regrets his actions, there is no excuse for them. He only realized this when he was in custody. He accepts any punishment he is sentenced to and hopes for professional help because he cannot solve his problem on his own.

The defendant also answered questions from the court and the other parties involved. He had been on the Darknet for a long time and looked for forums. At some point, “the temptation came” to try out a chat, also to exchange ideas with others. He was at odds with himself, “with my inclinations, my existence, my life. You live a double life and are relieved when you find fellow sufferers.” After it was switched off, he came to “BoysTown” via another platform, where he had already taken on moderating tasks, where he finally rose to the ranks of management.



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