- Sean Fiore, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, faces federal charges for murder for hire and child pornography offenses, the Justice Department announced in a press release Tuesday.
- Between November 2018 and April 2019, Fiore allegedly paid an unnamed person approximately $4,000 for a video depicting the torture and apparent murder of an unidentified man in a foreign country, according to a court document detailing his charges.
- Fiore was also arrested in May 2019, following a federal operation searching multiple residences for child pornography.
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A Vermont man was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of murder for hire and child pornography offenses, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.
Sean Fiore, 36, of Burlington, Vermont, was charged with "one count of conspiring to kidnap and murder a man in a foreign country from within the United States, one count of producing and attempting to produce child pornography, one count of conspiring to produce child pornography, and one count of receiving and attempting to receive child pornography," according to a press release from the Justice Department.
Between November 2018 and April 2019, Fiore alleged paid approximately $4,000 to hire someone to murder an "unidentified male in a place outside the United States," according to a court document detailing his charges.
The document claimed Fiore, under the name "Marcus," used the Internet and cell phones to coordinate the murder for hire.
On November 11, 2018, Fiore allegedly asked an unidentified individual to "make a video for him that would depict the beating, torture, and killing of a kidnapped adult male," according to the court document. Three days later, Fiore received an email with a file attachment that "outlined a plan where the unnamed person would do so "according to instructions to be provided … by Fiore."
In December 2018, Fiore transferred the compensation to several email addresses in the form of PayPal and Skrill transfers and Amazon gift cards, according to the court document.
In February 2019, Fiore alleged sent a document via Whatsapp, which "contained details of Fiore's plan for the video," the court document claimed. In the document, he wanted the unidentified person to "to hit and kick the kidnapped male, burn him … with a lit cigarette, urinate and defecate on his body, … wrap his head in plastic, and smother him by sitting on his face for at least seven minutes, or until he died," the court document alleges.
Two months later, Fiore received an email containing a hyperlink to a file that "depicted the torture and apparent killing of an adult male who was restrained and tied to a bed," according to the court document.
Fiore was arrested in May 2019 on charges of child pornography offenses following an operation conducted by Vermont's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations in Burlington.
He is currently detained pending trial, according to the Justice Department press release, and his court date has yet to be announced.
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