A New Jersey male has been charged with seeking to use a hitman on the dark net to eliminate a kid with whom he exchanged sexually explicit illustrations or photos.
John Michael Musbach was arrested on Thursday for allegedly spending $20,000 in Bitcoin to have his then 14-yr-aged victim murdered. The 31-yr-old Haddonfield resident was billed with one rely of murder-for-use.
In accordance to court docket files, Musbach started communicating with his victim in the summer season of 2015, when the boy was aged 13.
Applying an Internet Relay Chat (IRC) site, Musbach requested and acquired sexually express films and photographs of his sufferer. Musbach also despatched indecent visuals and films of himself to the target.
An investigation was introduced in September 2015 when the victim’s dad and mom identified the message trade.
Regulation enforcement officers arrested Musbach in March 2016 on rates relating to boy or girl sexual abuse photos. For the duration of a search of Musbach’s residence, officers seized a mobile phone and a laptop supplied to Musbach by his then-employer, a cloud hosting company.
In February 2018, Musbach been given a two-year suspended sentence with parole supervision for lifestyle after he pleaded guilty in October 2017 to endangering the welfare of a youngster (the victim) by sexual make contact with.
In 2019, agents from Homeland Security Investigations in St. Paul, Minnesota, have been offered with messages between Musbach and a fraudulent murder-for-use web-site that operated on the dark internet.
All those messages, equipped by an informant, revealed that in May 2016, Musbach contacted the site. Employing the alias Agentisai, Musbach asked if a 14-calendar year-old was much too youthful to concentrate on.
Right after staying certain that a 14-calendar year-old victim was satisfactory, Musbach compensated all-around 40 Bitcoin (around $20,000) for the strike.
Court documents present that Musbach repeatedly messaged the website’s administrator to request when the hit would arise. When pressed for an additional $5,000 by the scammers, Musbach attempted to terminate the deal and requested for a refund.
The Department of Justice explained: “Agents have been capable to ensure Musbach’s id by means of several suggests, such as linking him to the very same monitor identify he applied to talk with the murder-for-hire web page and also by tracing the flow of monies from Musbach’s lender account to the buy of Bitcoin applied to shell out for the strike.”
If convicted, Musbach could confront 10 years guiding bars in addition a hefty fine.