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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Southern District of Iowa

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, December 10, 2018

Council Bluffs Man Sentenced for Receipt of Child Pornography

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa - United States Attorney Marc Krickbaum announced that on December 6, 2018, 36 year old Beau Croghan was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Stephanie M. Rose to 110 months of imprisonment, to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. A jury found the Croghan guilty of Receipt of Child Pornography on August 22, 2018.

Operation Pacifier was an investigation conducted by the FBI into Playpen, a website on The Onion Router (TOR) hosted as hidden service. Playpen operated as a message-board type website where registered users would distribute and share images and videos of child pornography. Croghan registered with Playpen on September 27, 2014, and Croghan was actively logged into Playpen for over 13 hours between September 27, 2014, and March 4, 2015.

This matter was investigated by Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the case was prosecuted by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Iowa.

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Childhood
Contact: 
Rachel J. Scherle 515-473-9300 Rachel.Scherle@usdoj.gov
Updated December 10, 2018