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Man sentenced in Boston for CSAM, mold of boy’s buttocks, pornographic images of 2-year olds

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Children’s underwear, diapers, condoms and silicone mold of boy’s buttocks found at residence.

“BOSTON – A Kentucky man was sentenced today in federal court in Boston for advertising child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on the dark web.

Scott Allison, 59, of Glasgow, Ky., was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Indira Talwani to 15 years in prison followed by five years of supervised release. Allison was also ordered to pay restitution of $100,000. In September of 2023, Allison pleaded guilty to one count of advertisement of child pornography. Allison was initially charged by criminal complaint in November 2021 in the Western District of Kentucky and subsequently indicted by a federal grand jury in Boston in December 2021.

“Mr. Allison deserves to be behind bars for a very long time. He is a reprehensible cog in market built around the shameful and devastating abuse of innocent children. There is nothing worse. He regularly advertised the sexual abuse and exploitation of kids thinking he wrapped in the cloak of anonymity in his online world. He also possessed literally hundreds of thousands of images exploiting children on his computer. Child pornography is not a victimless crime – it is an all too active marketplace that thrives on real abuse inflicted upon real children. Each time a sexually explicit image or video of a child is viewed, accessed, possessed, received, sent or produced, that child is being re-victimized. Today’s sentence should make that message clear. Our office and our federal, state and local partners will never cease in our efforts to relentlessly pursue those who engage in this market,” said Acting United States Attorney Joshua S. Levy.

“Scott Allison is a predator who used the exploitation of children as currency to further his horrific enterprise. He and others used the perceived anonymity of the dark web as a safe haven from the public and from law enforcement. As Allison and many others have and will find out, the dark web is no match against the will of law enforcement to protect our children,” said Michael J. Krol, Special Agent in Charge for Homeland Security Investigations in New England.

In April 2021, Allison was identified advertising and posting links to CSAM, including images of boys as young as approximately two years old, via a website on the dark web for which he served as a moderator. Allison used at least two different usernames on various websites on the dark web. On one website, Allison was responsible for moderation of the website, this included greeting and socializing with guests, reviewing messages and images and ensuring the safety and success of the website. During a search of his home in November 2021, an external hard drive plugged into a computer in his bedroom was found to contain approximately 130,000 images and videos of CSAM. Allison also had the content or text of approximately 108,000 posts to child pornography websites saved on his computer. Additionally, a box containing boy’s underwear, diapers and condoms as well as a silicone mold of a boy’s buttocks with partial genitalia were also found during the search.

Acting U.S. Attorney Levy; HSI SAC Krol; Michael A. Bennett, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky; and Rana Saoud, Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security Investigations in Nashville made the announcement today. Assistant U.S. Attorneys J. Mackenzie Duane and Luke A. Goldworm of the Criminal Division are prosecuting the case.

This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the DOJ’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc.”-Massachusetts Department of Justice.

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