Man plotted to rape child, kill wife over dark web, deputies say

Danny McLaughlin
Danny McLaughlin

Credit: Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

Credit: Brevard County Sheriff's Office)

A Colorado man is in custody after officials in Brevard County, Florida, said one of their agents came in contact with him after he was seeking to rape and kill a child.

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Undercover agents originally came in contact with 59-year-old Danny McLaughlin over the dark web.

Records revealed McLaughlin used the name "TwistedDan" to message an undercover agent about raping and killing a child.

Officials said McLaughlin also gave the agent money to fly to Colorado to kill his wife.

"McLaughlin further advised the murder could best be done on a Sunday when his wife always attended a meeting and he also provided some very descriptive ways the murder should take place," said Sheriff Wayne Ivey of the Brevard County Sheriff's Office.

Once in Colorado, officials said he handed the undercover agent cash and promised to pay more later. Ivey said McLaughlin wanted his wife out of the picture so he could spend more time with the girl he intended to kill.

"When you hear the thought of the dark web, this is some of the stuff you see," Ivey said. "Just the darkest, most horrific things you can imagine."

McLaughlin remains jailed in Brevard County on no bond. If convicted, he faces up to life in prison.