GREENBELT, Md. – A man once described by an FBI agent as the world’s largest facilitator of child pornography remains held in AMERICAN custody after his extradition from Ireland, a federal judge ruled Wednesday.
A federal prosecutor represents Eric Eoin Marques, 33, told U.S. Magistrate Judge Timothy J. Sullivan in Maryland, that his client is not at this time challenging his detention, but reserves the right to bond later. A preliminary hearing for the Marques is scheduled for 8 April.
An indictment accuses Marques of the use of a web hosting service on the darknet that allowed thousands of users to view and share more than 1 million images of child pornography, including violent sexual abuse of prepubescent children.
The darknet is a component of the internet, but hosted in an encrypted network. It is only accessible by anonymous-the provision of tools such as the Tor browser.
Marques, a dual citizen of the united states and Ireland, has remained in custody since his August 2013 arrest in Dublin after an extradition request from the US
During a bail 2013 hearing for the Marques in Dublin, FBI Special Agent Brooke Donahue describes him as “the largest facilitator of child porn on the planet,” according to an article published on Saturday on the Irish broadcaster RTE’s website. Donahue also testified that Marques was online looking for information about how to obtain a Russian visa and citizenship, RTE reported.
“He was looking for a place to stay to be the most difficult to be extradited to the United States,” the FBI agent said.
Marques, who arrived in the U.S. last Saturday, fought his extradition for years. Irish authorities have not charged him with a related crime.
“That decision was made, notwithstanding the fact that (Marques) had offered to plead guilty to at least some of the possible charges that might be brought against him in Ireland,” in the field of the Supreme Court of Ireland wrote on 20 March, ruling rejected the appeal in cassation.
Marques has not yet been indicted by a US grand jury or imported resources. The charges are criminal complaint are conspiracy to advertise child pornography and dissemination of child pornography.
The complaint said he was suspicious of the use of a free, anonymous, web hosting service on a network, allowing users to access websites without their IP addresses. In July 2013, according to the complaint, FBI agents in Maryland connected to the network and access to a child pornography bulletin board with more than 7,700 members and over 22,000 posts.
Agents downloaded more than 1 million files from another site on the network, nearly all of which depicted sexually explicit images of children, the complaint said.