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Tech Reporter Peter Bright Arrested for Soliciting Child Sex Online

Tech Reporter Peter Bright Arrested for Soliciting Child Sex Online

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Tech Reporter Peter Bright Arrested for Soliciting Child Sex Online



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Federal officials arrested technology reporter Peter Bright after the journalist allegedly told an undercover FBI agent he wanted to molest the agent’s young children.

Bright, 38, covered Microsoft and other tech-related subjects for Ars Technica before being arrested on May 22, according to the Daily Dot. Bright posted his last story at the outlet on May 21.

An undercover FBI agent made contact with Bright on KinkD, a social media platform for people with sex fetishes such as bondage, according to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bright, under the name “randomanon,” messaged the agent who claimed to be a mother looking for someone to teach her 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son about “the birds and the bees.”

The complaint states that in subsequent messages, the agent informed Bright that she had a 7-year-old daughter and 9-year-old son.

At Bright’s urging, the two then began chatting via WhatsApp, which continued for a few weeks. At times using euphemisms, Bright reportedly wrote of molesting both children and raping the 7-year-old. He also allegedly sent pictures of his penis, and photos of test results showing he did not have any sexually transmitted diseases.

Per the complaint, Bright further claims to have molested an 11-year-old girl.

“I have a girl I’ve been teaching off and on for a couple of months now,” Bright reportedly wrote. “But she’s in the Bronx, which makes the logistics much harder.”

Asked by the agent what he is good at “teaching,” Bright allegedly responded, “I think masturbation and, [sic] anal sex are probably my favourite subjects. Helping girls find those special places to touch, it’s very rewarding.”

Bright was arrested on May 22 when he arrived for their planned rendezvous in Manhattan. Per the complaint, he admitted to speaking with the agent about “engaging in sexual activity with minors.” Bright has been charged with one count of attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity.

He has been denied bail on the grounds of “risk of danger.” The order allows him to reapply for bail. The federal inmate database states that a Peter Bright, age 38, is currently being held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan.

A representative for Ars Technica told the Daily Dot that Bright is no longer employed at the company. Bright spent some time attacking right-wing personalities on Twitter including Mike Cernovich, who highlighted extremely worrying tweets by Bright which discussed underage girls.

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Sean Walton is a researcher and journalist for The Daily Sheeple. Send tips to sean.walton@thedailysheeple.com.

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