On Monday, a former journalist was convicted in a New York court of trying to meet with a mother to have sex with her two young children.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office announced in a statement that Peter Bright, 39, who wrote for Ars Technica, was found guilty of attempted child enticement. In May, federal authorities arrested Bright in a sting operation when he tried to meet an agent who posing as a mother of a 7-year-old girl and 9-year-old boy.
A month before his arrest, Bright reached out online to the undercover agent. During their correspondence, the tech reporter discussed having sex with the two children and asked the agent for pictures of them.
Bright met the undercover agent at a public park in New York City. He was taken into custody while walking to the minors’ home, federal authorities said.
Tech reporter Peter Bright found guilty for soliciting minors for sex onlinehttps://t.co/ZvNi2cxbGT
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According to the New York Post, federal authorities said they found Bright on a BDSM and fetish social media platform. Bright’s legal team claimed he was participating in “age play” — and that he was collecting evidence for law enforcement upon realizing that he was corresponding with a real mother offering her children for sex.
Bright’s initial trial in February ended in a mistrial after jurors were unable to reach a verdict.
The former journalist faces at least 10 years in prison when he’s sentenced on June 29.
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