A tech reporter was recently charged for attempting to solicit sex from minors online. He was arrested in a federal sting operation after making arrangements to participate in sexual activity with two children.
According to a federal complaint filed in New York, Peter Bright planned to molest a 7-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy. He also claimed to have molested an 11-year-old girl.
The former reporter was charged with attempted enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity. However, he could face more serious charges such as rape if investigators locate the 11-year-old child.
Bright, 38, was arrested in Manhattan during a meeting with an FBI agent who posed as the mother of the two children he allegedly intended to molest. The complaint said he admitted to discussing the possibility of “engaging in sexual activity with minors” with the undercover agent.
The agent communicated with Bright via WhatsApp and KinkD, a fetish app. Bright allegedly used euphemisms when referring to molesting the two children. The pair arranged to meet after he sent test results that indicated he was free from sexually transmitted diseases along with images of his penis.
Bright was well-known in tech circles for his coverage of Microsoft for Ars Technica, a tech blog owned by magazine publisher Conde Nast. He is no longer an employee of the company.