MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami man has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in federal prison after being found guilty of buying child pornography on the Dark Web using cryptocurrency.

Federal authorities said 46-year-old Adolfo Fernandez stored child porn on several electronic devices that he kept at his home, including over 2,000 pictures and 300 videos of minors being sexually abused.

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Officials said Fernandez also stored digital images that showed him engaged in explicit sex acts with a minor.

On December 13, 2021, Fernandez pled guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography.

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After completing his sentence, Fernandez will have 30 years of supervised release.

Interpol says there has been a growth in the use of technologies which provide anonymity to their users.

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“The Darknet – the vast portion of the Internet which can only be accessed using specialized software – and virtual cryptocurrencies have many positive benefits, but the focus on anonymity leaves them open to misuse by criminals. The illicit sale of drugs, firearms and explosives; people smuggling; money laundering; terrorist activities; and cybercrime can all be facilitated by these technologies.”

CBSMiami.com Team