Mr. Double Website Operator Convicted
A man from Texas has been convicted of operating a website dedicated to publishing stories detailing the sexual abuse of children.
Brewster County resident Thomas Alan Arthur was convicted by a federal jury on January 21 following a trial that lasted three days.
According to trial evidence, the 64-year-old started operating a website called Mr. Double in 1996. The website was devoted to publishing writings that described the sexual abuse of children, including the rape, torture, and murder of infants and toddlers.
The website, which Arthur administered from his home, proved popular, and in 1998 he began charging a membership fee.
According to NewsWest9, Arthur stated in an interview with the FBI that his site had over 800 subscribers who paid up to $90 a year to access content.
Arthur invited members to submit material for publication on the site in return for a discounted membership fee. All of the submitted material was reviewed and approved by Arthur personally prior to being uploaded to the website.
The evidence at trial showed that along with text, some of the author pages on the website contained drawings depicting children engaged in sexually explicit behavior.
Arthur made enough income from the Mr. Double website for it to be his sole source of income for more than 20 years.
The site remained online until November 2019, when the FBI executed a search ..