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Fairfield man pleads guilty to charges from child porn sting

A Fairfield man faces up to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges stemming from an international child pornography sting operation.

Richard Nicholas Stamper, 34, pleaded guilty Wednesday to possessing a large child pornography collection, which included more than 100 videos and thousands of photos, many of girls under age 5, according to our news partner WCPO.

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Five Ohio men were arrested between 2015 to 2017 as part of “Operation Pacifier.” Nearly 900 arrests were made worldwide as part of the massive sting operation, according to officials.

Agents focused on Stamper as a suspect in the investigation of dark web child pornography site called The Playpen.

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When the FBI used sypware during a takeover of The Playpen website in 2015, it found Stamper under the user name “billnyepedoguy.”

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Stamper’s Fairfield home was searched in September 2015, and FBI agents seized a laptop loaded with child pornography, mostly young girls being raped and molested by men, according to court documents.

“It’s the same with any criminal violation: As they get smarter, we adapt, we find them,” FBI agent Dan Alfin, who led the Playpen probe, said in a May 2017 statement. “It’s a cat-and-mouse game, except it’s not a game. Kids are being abused, and it’s our job to stop that.”

Stamper had been previously convicted in 2003 in Butler County for rape of a child under 13 and is a registered sex offender.

A sentencing date for Stamper has not yet been set.

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