BOSTON — A Cambridge man was arrested and charged today for purchasing child pornography with digital currency on the dark web.
David H. Chang, 27, has been charged with one count of receiving child pornography. After an initial appearance this afternoon before United States District Court Trial Judge Marianne B. Bowler, Chang was detained pending a hearing scheduled for January 21, 2022.
According to the charging documents, between April 2021 or around January 2022, Chang used digital currency to purchase child pornography on the dark web. A search of Chang’s apartment this morning yielded electronic devices onto which Chang allegedly downloaded the child pornography he had purchased. Additionally, Chang admitted to officers that he purchased child pornography from a dark web site.
US Attorney Rachael S. Rollins and Boston Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Matthew B. Millhollin made the announcement today. Homeland Security Investigations in New Haven, Connecticut provided valuable assistance. Assistant U.S. Attorney Benjamin Tolkoff of Rollins’ Major Crimes Unit is prosecuting the case.
Members of the public who have questions, concerns or information regarding this case should call 617-748-3274.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative to address the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse, launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice. Led by the U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the CEO, Project Safe Childhood brings together federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who exploit children through the Internet, as well as identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.
The details contained in the charging documents are allegations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a court.