An Atlanta man who was recently sentenced to 10 years in jail for possession of child pornography used the internet connection at a residence in Cumming to download illicit material from the dark web, Department of Justice officials said on Thursday.
According to a DOJ press release issued Thursday, during an undercover operation on the dark web, an area of the internet where illegal products, materials and content can be sold, bought or shared, authorities identified that child pornography had been downloaded from an IP address registered to a residence in Forsyth County.
The occupant of that residence was not involved in downloading the child pornography, according to the release, but the occupant was able to identify an individual, Michael Frost, 49, of Atlanta, who regularly visited the residence and used his personal computer to access the internet when at the residence.
In 2002, Frost had previously been convicted of possessing child pornography by the federal courts and served about three years in prison on those charges.
After law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for Frost’s Atlanta residence, “tens of thousands of images and videos of children as young as 7 years old engaged in sodomy and other sexually explicit activity” were located on his electronic devices, the release states.
“Clearly prison time was not a deterrent that kept Frost from continuing his abhorrent behavior,” Chris Hacker, Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, said in the release. “If he thought he could hide behind the dark web, he was wrong, thanks to the cooperative work of the FBI and our local law enforcement partners. Now Frost will serve several more years in prison where he won’t be able to victimize any more children.”
In July, Frost pleaded guilty to the charges laid against him and on Thursday, Oct. 24, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, 10 years of supervised release and was ordered to register as a sex offender for life by U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May.
Frost has also been ordered to pay $20,000 in restitution to his victims and a special assessment of $5,100.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office and Alpharetta Police Department, with assistance from the Atlanta Police Department.
“Again a person intent on victimizing our children has been brought to answer for his criminal acts,” Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman said in the release. ”Only through continued diligence by local, state and federal law enforcement can these online predators be stopped.”
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