Four men have been charged for running a website found to have graphic videos of children being sexually abused
The website Elysium was created in late 2016 until authorities shut it down in June 2017
A 62-year-old suspect is facing charges for sexually abusing two children ages 4 and 6
Frankfurt prosecutors said there were 110,000 members of the site that are being investigated
German prosecutors brought charges against four men between the ages of 40 and 62 on Tuesday for the organized distribution of child pornography via a website on the Darkweb, Elysium.
The website was launched in late 2016 and managed to obtain 110,000 members. In a statement to Reuters, prosecutors said: “The website had a platform with the title ‘Babies & Toddlers’ where members exchanged photos and video recordings of sexual abuse of children aged up to four years old.”
One of the suspects is said to be a 62-year-old man from the Bavarian town of Landsberg am Lech. The man is facing charges for sexually abusing two children ages of a 4 and 6. The suspect was allowed access to the children by their father, a citizen of Austria. The father was said to have reached out to the suspect through the website and is now being prosecuted in a separate case.
Frankfurt prosecutors said the site contained graphic videos of children being sexually abused. Some of the material found on Elysium was said to be explicitly created for the website. Prosecutors said the 110,000 members of the site are under investigation.
The four men are suspected of running the site until authorities managed to shut the site down in June 2017. The suspects are facing up to 15 years in jail for their charges.
Elysium was only able to be accessed through the black market of the Internet known as the “deepnet” or “darkweb”. The darkweb cannot be accessed through a normal browser. Special software is needed to search the darkweb, which has become a popular place to share child pornography.