Mayuresh Iyer, 26, was sentenced to 14 years in prison on June 24, 2021 for distributing child pornography on the popular messaging platform Discord in Matthews, NC. Mayuresh must now register as a sex offender after he is released from prison.
In October 2019, law enforcement received information that an individual later identified as Mayuresh was using his Discord user account to distribute child pornography.
Discord is a popular free application that allows users to communicate with each other via voice, video calls, and text messaging; in addition to sharing media files through private chats or communities referred to as “servers.”
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Law enforcement executed a search warrant at Mayuresh’s residence in Matthews, NC and seized multiple electronic devices, including two external hard drives. A forensic analysis of those devices revealed that Mayuresh possessed an extensive collection of child pornography, including over 800 videos and approximately 14,147 images of children engaging in sexually explicit conduct.
Some of the child pornography in Mayuresh’s possession depicted prepubescent minors being abused through sadistic, masochistic and other violent conduct.
In September 2020 Mayuresh pleaded guilty to distributing and attempting to distribute child pornography.
In addition to Mayuresh's 14 year prison sentence, he was also ordered to pay a $35,000 special assessment, serve 25 years of supervised release, and pay restitution to the victims of his offense.