An ex convict, from Atlanta, Georgia, has been sentenced to prison once again, for possessing child pornography. The culprit, 49-year-old Michael Frost, was sentenced to ten years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Leigh Martin May. The ex convict was also ordered to register as a lifetime sex offender, coupled with ten years of supervised release, restitution of $20,000 to his victims, and a $5,100 special assessment fee.
Michael Frost was convicted on July 19, 2019, after he pleaded guilty to charges against him. The ex convict was arrested as a result of an undercover operation on the dark web by the FBI, Alpharetta Police department, Forsyth County Sheriff’s office, with help from the Atlanta Police Department.
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During the dark web sting, law enforcement officials chanced on an IP address in Cumming Georgia, which was and had downloaded child pornography on many marketplaces on the dark web. Law enforcement identified the owner of the house, which had the IP address, and questioned him.
The owner of the apartment appeared to be innocent but told the law enforcement officers that, one of his friends, who was the ex convict frost, visited his place frequently and used his personal laptop to log onto the internet. Law enforcement officials, subsequently obtained a search warrant for the address of the ex convict, in Atlanta Georgia.
Officials uncovered and seized numerous electronic devices that had over 10,000 videos and photos of children being sexually abused or exploited. According to court documents, some of the victims in the videos were as young as seven years old. The ex convict served a three-year prison sentence back in 2002 after he was convicted of possessing child pornography in a federal court.
Frost was also registered as a tier I sex offender as part of his sentence back in 2002 but will now become a tier III sex offender after he was ordered to register as a lifetime culprit. Frost’s arrest is being added as part of Project Safe Childhood and was prosecuted by Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Diane C. Schulman.
Speaking after the sentencing of the ex-convict, U.S. Attorney Byung J. Pak, expressed his displeasure for a sex offender and child pornography, stating that, the whole event, traumatizes vulnerable and innocent kids and will haunt them for the rest of their lives. He also said that the U.S Attorney General’s office would continue to hunt down and prosecute any sex offender who abuse children.
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U.S Attorney general Pak added that the dark web will not prevent them from doing their job and will see to it that all those involved in illegal activities there are arrested and prosecutors. Chris Hacker, the Special Agent in Charge of FBI Atlanta, also stated that prison time clearly did not prevent Frost from going back to his vile and disgusting behavior.
He added that the ex convict thought that this time would be different because he was on the dark web. Chief John Robison of the Alpharetta Department of Public Safety, thanked the FBI and the U.S Attorney’s office, for their support and exhibiting an excellent working relationship.
He added that going forward, this kind of partnership will help in fighting child predators who hide on the dark web. “There isn’t any work in law enforcement more vital and important than protecting children,” he stated.
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