Pornagrapher Sentenced in Web Case
Nov. 19, 1998
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ A 34-year-old London businessman has become the first person sentenced to prison for putting child pornography on a commercial Internet site, authorities said Wednesday.
A federal judge sentenced Raymond McArthur-Jones last week to 23 months in prison for hiding images of children on his adult-entertainment Web site.
``In 99 percent of the cases, it's one pedophile trading photos with another,'' Assistant U.S. Attorney Richard Lambert said. ``In this case, McArthur-Jones was providing the photos on a commercial site you had to pay to join.''
McArthur-Jones' attorney, Loren Weiss, said his client was guilty of being greedy.
``He's not a pervert. This was not his personal collection. He was in it for the money,'' Weiss said.
U.S. Customs agents were tipped to the site by Scotland Yard, which was conducting an investigation into McArthur-Jones's businesses in London.
Over the last two years, Customs and Scotland Yard tracked McArthur-Jones's Internet businesses, which had names like ``Europerv'' and ``Farmsex.''
Hidden in some of those Web sites was access to sexually explicit photographs of young children, Lambert said.
``This is believed to be the first time anyone has ever been successfully prosecuted for commercially supplying child pornography on the Internet,'' said Chief Superintendent Martin Jauch of Scotland Yard's Clubs and Vice Unit.
McArthur-Jones was arrested when he stepped off a plane in Miami in 1997. He was convicted Nov. 10 of a single count of interstate distribution of child pornography.
Weiss said McArthur-Jones was taken in by a partner who placed much of the illegal material on the site.
``That's why he's doing 23 months instead of 23 years,'' Weiss said.