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After admitting to his role in the sexual exploitation of minors and the dissemination of child pornography via the “Welcome to Video” website on the Dark Web, 32-year-old New York resident Vincent Galarza received a sentence to federal prison. The degree of his criminal behavior and the devastation he inflicted on the weak were made public in the court records.
Unmasking the Dark Web: Galarza’s Conviction Exposes “Welcome to Video”
Galarza’s case was the outcome of a more extensive investigation into “Welcome to Video“, which resulted in the administrator of the website’s detention and the eventual seizure of the platform in March 2018. Using data gathered from the site’s servers, the police were able to identify Galarza as one of the site’s 300+ members.
By looking at the Bitcoin deposit logs, the investigating authorities were able to connect Galarza to the website. They conducted a thorough investigation and found that a Bitcoin deposit made by a user going by the handle “thisthishold” may be linked to Galarza’s account on an unnamed cryptocurrency exchange.
The disturbing scope of Galarza’s actions became apparent upon closer examination of “thisthishold’s” narrative. He had downloaded around 174 films of child abuse from the internet between May 2017 and February 2018, it was discovered. In addition, between June 2016 and December 2016, he posted around 560 films on the website that contained child pornography.
Galarza was captured in December 2018 after the detectives carried out an arrest order. Evidence incriminating him in the covert recording of two kids was found when the electronic equipment confiscated from his home were searched.
Galarza entered a guilty plea to the counts of conspiracy to distribute child pornography and sexual abuse of children on January 17, 2023. On July 7, 2023, he was consequently given a sentence of 17 years and 6 months in federal prison. This sentence serves as a reminder of the severe penalties people must endure for committing such horrible crimes.
The US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, which revealed that charges had also been filed against seven other visitors to the “Welcome to Video” website, said that the successful prosecution of Galarza was a component of a larger endeavor. Justice will be served by these legal measures, and innocent victims will be shielded from more suffering.