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Former GBAtemp member and suspected pedophile gets 20 year sentence

A former member of the community, not extremely active on GBAtemp but known for contributions to several projects on the 3DS hacking scene, Thomas Edvalson aka 'Cruel', has recently received a 20 year jail sentence for supposedly hosting a child porn site (although he firmly denied it).
gwinnettdailypost.com said:
Thomas Scot Edvalson, 28, appeared to be providing a website where other users could download images of child porn, according to a press release form the District Attorney’s Office. The site came complete with an online guide detailing how to use the dark web to set up a website for trading pictures of child sexual abuse.
Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
A thread was started on GBAtemp to discuss the issue a couple of months ago, before the final judgement was rendered. At the time our decision was to lock the thread up as it began to heavily derail. Some members and visitors took this as a 'cover up' and wondered why we didn't ban this guy's user account on GBAtemp.

We had long discussions in the staff forum and decided to wait for the final verdict (the appeal that is) before doing anything, thereby letting justice do its work. We banned this person from our forums immediately after we heard the final judgement and by the looks of it he won't be around again for a while. Since then, there hasn't been any new threads about the story but if there had been one, we would have allowed it for sure.

At this point we are wondering why anyone would think we are 'covering' this up? Why would we even need to? It's not like people don't know what happened already. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in this thread.

Furthermore, there is an ongoing story concerning another person, it's been posted on a Reddit thread (edit: now removed, but you can see screenshots here) and, again, we certainly won't prevent you from discussing it wherever you want just as long as you stay civil.

We at GBAtemp value freedom of speech above all, but within the boundaries of the law. If you think someone is guilty of a crime it is your duty to report it to the relevant authorities (not the GBAtemp admins, I mean the police). But otherwise let justice do its job. We do not believe that witch hunts have their place on GBAtemp.

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Banning someone over, what could very well have been false accusations could lead to some unrest.
Especially someone that previously was so high regarded in the 3DS scene.
Waiting and letting justice take care of it before taking a site related action is indeed a good choice!

However, I personally thing the Dazozo story is far less severe then The Cruel's.
But eh, I'm no judge.

Edit: worded it a bit better.
I'm not defending the person in question!
 
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to anticipate any questions:
- Cruel did not post any child porn on the forums
- he did not exchange any child porn via PM nor make any appropriate attempts to contact anyone
- no evidence was found that he did anything illegal in relation with GBAtemp
- we were not asked by the police or by any authority to provide any kind of information
- he has not used his account since March 3rd which is 2 weeks before the trial

Anything else you wanna know just ask. We have absolutely nothing to hide or to cover. I decided to post this thread as soon as I heard someone was accusing us to 'cover' the story, that is downright ridiculous.
 

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A former member of the community, not extremely active on GBAtemp but known for contributions to several projects on the 3DS hacking scene, Thomas Edvalson aka 'Cruel', has recently received a 20 year jail sentence for hosting a child porn site.

Source: Gwinnett Daily Post
A thread was started on GBAtemp to discuss the issue a couple of months ago, before the final judgement was rendered. At the time our decision was to lock the thread up as it began to heavily derail. Some members and visitors took this as a 'cover up' and wondered why we didn't ban this guy's user account on GBAtemp.

We had long discussions in the staff forum and decided to wait for the final verdict (the appeal that is) before doing anything, thereby letting justice do its work. We banned this person from our forums immediately after we heard the final judgement and by the looks of it he won't be around again for a while. Since then, there hasn't been any new threads about the story but if there had been one, we would have allowed it for sure.

At this point we are wondering why anyone would think we are 'covering' this up? Why would we even need to? It's not like people don't know what happened already. If you have any questions, feel free to ask in this thread.

Furthermore, there is an ongoing story concerning another person, it's been posted on a Reddit thread and, again, we certainly won't prevent you from discussing it wherever you want just as long as you stay civil.

We at GBAtemp value freedom of speech above all, but within the boundaries of the law. If you think someone is guilty of a crime it is your duty to report it to the relevant authorities (not the GBAtemp admins, I mean the police). But otherwise let justice do its job. We do not believe that witch hunts have their place on GBAtemp.

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He NEVER hosted a child porn site. His site was made just for programming information and that's all it was supposed to be used for, programming. His site was spammed with cp when he was out of state for a couple of years.
 
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He NEVER hosted a child porn site. His site was made just for programming information and that's all it was supposed to be used for, programming. His site was spammed with cp when he was out of state for a couple of years.
Would like to ask out of curiosity, how do you know this? Asking cus he COULD have had a second website that was only Onion accessible.
 

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He NEVER hosted a child porn site. His site was made just for programming information and that's all it was supposed to be used for, programming. His site was spammed with cp when he was out of state for a couple of years.
I hope that's true and he didn't do anything criminal but then it's terrible for him if he has been wrongly convicted. I wish there was something we could do?

Anyhow, my main post only states the facts. I don't know if he really has done it, but he has been convicted for it and that's a fact. If the justice didn't do its job properly what can we do?

personally as admin of this site I can certify that no child porn or anything illegal has been found in relation with his account. Anything further, I don't know.

For his sake I am going to amend my post a bit to reflect that.
 
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Well I have nothing against pedophiles as long as they don't rape anyone and don't upload any child porn whithout consent of the person or if this person is less than 16yo or both (since i think that at 16 yo people are mature enough to make such a decision even if they aren't legally adults)

Anyway I've nothing against pedophile since it's not their fault for being like that, though i'm against rapist and child humilation which isn't the same thing

if you ask why i support them as long as they don't do anything bad , because they didn't choosed their sexual orientation and they are still humans being we can't blame them for something they didn't choosed
one of my best friend is one and i fell really sad for him ( imagine the only thing you are attracted to is forbiden and moraly wrong) but i know he would never ever do bad things to anyone

I don't know who is cruel and if he indeed hosted a child porn site, if he did, then he deserve it since those child never asked for that and a lot of them will feel humilated for the rest of their lives
If he didn't hosted the site but is actually a pedophile then he might not deserve it
if he neither hosted the website nor is a pedophile then he certainly don't deserve it
 
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When I typed his name in google (from github) I saw he was arrested in 2013 for having the same weird s***
 

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I hope that's true and he didn't do anything criminal but then it's terrible for him if he has been wrongly convicted. I wish there was something we could do?

Anyhow, my main post only states the facts. I don't know if he really has done it, but he has been convicted for it and that's a fact. If the justice didn't do its job properly what can we do? personally as admin of this site I can certify that no child porn or anything illegal has been found in relation with his account. Anything further, I don't know.

He didn't want all of this to happen (no one does). The news does a fantastic job deceiving. My family strongly believe that it was just unorganized and not right on how they conducted this case. I don't want to talk much on this subject. We wish him the best, we love him, and hope that in the future a new trial is in action. He never harmed anyone (and never intends to) and never hosted cp. He wants to move on with his life.
 

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All convicted child rapists should be be given the death penalty. They can't be trusted in society after their sentence is up and the tax payers shouldn't have to foot the bill for scum like this.
All rapist* not just child ones but again how do you deal with fake conviction ?
 

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If he's truly guilty, then he gets what he deserves. I have zero tolerance for this type of stuff. However, if he'd innocent i hope that this gets overturned somehow (through an appeals process) and whoever is responsible gets whats coming to them (tge actual perps). This is the first ive heard of this case so i cant really speak good or bad about something i know nothing about. Lets jyst hope that justice is being servec properly and if not, the issue gets correctec swiftly...
 
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