Dark Web Child Pornography Facilitator Extradited to the US to Face Federal Charges

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Irish authorities extradited a dual citizen of the United States and Ireland to the US to face federal charges that he reportedly  advertised and distributed child pornography on the dark web. The extradition and federal charges were revealed by Assistant Attorney General Brian A. Benczkowski of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur for the District of Maryland and Assistant Director Robert Johnson of the FBI’s Criminal Inspection Division. Eric Eoin Marques, 33, arrived in the United States on March 23, and had his initial appearance today before U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan in U.S. District Court in Greenbelt, Maryland.  A criminal complaint was filed on Aug. 8, 2013, and unsealed today at Marques’ initial appearance.  

Marques is charged with conspiracy to advertise child pornography, conspiracy to distribute child pornography, aiding and abetting the advertising of child pornography, and aiding and abetting the distribution of child pornography.  At the hearing, U.S. Magistrate Judge Sullivan ordered that Marques be detained pending trial or a detention hearing scheduled for March 27, 2019 at 11:30 a.m. “Child exploitation sites on the dark web present a grave danger to children and unprecedented hardships to the world’s law enforcement agencies,” claimed Assistant Attorney General Benczkowski.

“The complaint unsealed today demonstrates the Department’s commitment to pursuing those accused of serious child pornography offenses wherever they may hide on the web and in the world, and to seeking justice for the countless children that are victimized by those who facilitate this horrendous conduct.” “Criminals cannot hide on the dark web or in foreign countries,” said U.S. Attorney Robert K. Hur.