On Tuesday, Christopher Bates Jr. of Greenwich, Connecticut was arrested for receipt of child pornography.
At the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport, Bates made an initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge S. Dave Vatti and was released on a $300,000 bond under electronic monitoring.
During an international investigation, allegedly an IP address at Bates’ residence was being used to access the dark web to view images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of children.
On November 30, 2022, HSI agents interviewed Bates, who consented to a search of his electronic devices.
A forensic preview of one of his laptops revealed approximately 1,000 images depicting the sexual abuse of children, including infants. A full forensic examination of his electronic devices is ongoing.