Update: October 25, 2018 - Fox News picked up the story of Alexander Barter's arrest on October 19th and included additional information pertaining to what lead to the arrest and the suspects gruesome intent which included allegedly the murder and eating of a little girl.
Read the following story - 'Texas Man Allegedly Searched Dark Web to Find Young Girl to Murder and Eat' on Fox News.
Statement from Shelby County District Attorney Stephen Shires
October 22, 2018 - The dark web, and the individuals that operate there, pose an increasing threat to the safety of our children. Technology has eliminated the barrier of distance for these sorta of activities. In this case, Law Enforcement mounted an integrated (both state/federal and multi-state-Texas/Florida) effort to deal with this particular individual.
Hopefully, this will serve as a continued reminder that parents should always be vigilant and aware of what their children are doing on the internet. I hope it also gives folks some comfort to know that there are also good guys at work-highly trained, highly capable individuals protecting us.
And rest assured, anyone utilizing the dark web will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law by my office.
Alexander Barter, 21 of Joaquin, was arrested by the FBI on October 19, 2018 and charged with Criminal Attempt Sexual Performance of a Child (felony 2), Criminal Solicitation (felony 1), Conspiracy to Commit Capital Murder (felony 1), Criminal Attempt Capital Murder (felony 2), and Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Sexual Assault (felony 1). Barter is being held in the Shelby County Jail awaiting transfer. No bond will be set.