Earlier this month, a former Ars Technica reporter was convicted of meeting a woman in a public park to pay for sex with small children.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 39-year-old Peter Bright was found guilty in a New York courtroom of attempted child enticement. In May 2019, federal authorities arrested Bright in a sting operation when he tried to meet an agent who posed as a mother of two children, a 7-year-old girl, and a 9-year-old boy.
Bright met the undercover agent online on WhatsApp, where he described his desire to have sex with two children. He then asked the agent to provide photos of the children.
“Over the course of hundreds of chat communications, Bright discussed with the undercover agent Bright’s plan to meet the minors to engage in sexual activity,” the FBI said.
According to court documents, Bright expressed interest in teaching the young girl about “masturbation and anal sex.”
Bright met the agent in a New York City park, where he was taken into custody.
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.” They claimed Bright was collecting evidence for law enforcement upon realizing that he was corresponding with someone 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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[Feature Photo: Peter Bright/Facebook]
*Additional reporting by Jacquelyn Gray