Former Ars Technica writer and self-described “male feminist” Peter Bright was convicted Monday on a federal charge of attempting to entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, Inner City Press reported.
Bright, 38, was arrested last summer after an undercover agent posed as a mother willing to arrange a sexual encounter between Bright and her children, ages 7 and 9, on the social media fetish platform KinkD, charging documents said.
The agent posted a public message “seeking to chat with people who are, in sum and substance, interested in teaching her children lessons about the ‘birds and bees.’”
The agent and Bright moved their conversation to text messages in the WhatsApp platform on their cellphones. Between May 14 and May 22, the two discussed an ongoing sexual experience Bright said he was having with an 11-year-old girl, the documents say.
The two then discussed a possibility of arranging a rendezvous so Bright could meet the children and engage in “teaching” them.
Peter Bright sends photo of penis to FBI agent
In subsequent contact, Bright sent photographs of documents that attested to results for sexually transmitted diseases such as HIV, hepatitis and gonorrhea. He also sent a photograph of his penis.
The two arranged to meet on May 22, when Bright was arrested.
During his first trial, Bright’s defense attorney claimed his client was under the impression that he and the FBI agent were engaged in “ageplay” and that the children were in fact consenting adults.
“I did not, at first, think she was talking about real kids,” Bright testified.
He then said when he began to suspect that the FBI agent was a real mother with real children, he decided to collect evidence for law enforcement.
Bright covered Microsoft for Conde Nast-owned technology site Ars Technica from 2010 to about the time of his arrest.
He has an extensive Twitter account, using the name @DrPizza, in which he has opined on feminist issues extensively.
In past tweets, Bright described himself as “Poly/pan/pervy.”