Johnathan Mosman, 47 of Waterbury, Conn., today became the fifth defendant to plead guilty for his involvement in a vast global child pornography trafficking enterprise, Acting Assistant Attorney General Matthew Friedrich of the Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Florida Thomas F. Kirwin and FBI Executive Assistant Director J. Stephen Tidwell announced.
Mosman was one of 14 alleged members of the enterprise who were charged in a 40-count superseding indictment on March 19, 2008. He pleaded guilty today to four counts relating to his criminal activities as a member of the group: engaging in a child exploitation enterprise; conspiracy to advertise, transport, ship, receive and possess child pornography; advertising child pornography; and receiving child pornography.
Mosman admitted to participating in a highly sophisticated and well-organized criminal enterprise whose purpose was to proliferate child sex abuse images to its membership during a two year period. According to Mosman's guilty plea, members of the illegal organization used Internet newsgroups
2008 may well be remembered as "the year usenet died" -- at least for the millions of people whose access had been supplied by their internet service providers, gratis. Blame it on child pornography, an over-aggressive New York attorney general, and timid ISPs who'd rather throw in the towel than have to deal with the negative publicity and the prospect of continuing pressure from legal authorities.
This pedophile's indictment last March, along with 13 other partners-in-crime, may have been a major factor in NY attorney general Andrew Cuomo's anti-newsgroup crusade that forced three major broadband carriers to drop usenet last June, an act that started the dominoes falling, as one after another, most of the remaining US internet providers soon followed suit.