The FBI has arrested Ars Technica writer and male feminist ally Peter Bright. He is charged with soliciting sex with children online.
Bright allegedly sought to molest a 7- and 9-year old and disclosed his intentions to an undercover FBI special agent who made contact with him on KinkD, a social media fetish platform. According to the federal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, Bright met with the special agent and was arrested. He is currently being held without bail.
The complaint also states that Bright also claimed to be in a sexual relationship with an 11-year-old.
“From on or about April 18, 2019 up to and including on or about May 22, 2019, in the Southern District of New York and elsewhere, PETER BRIGHT, the defendant, willfully and knowingly, did use a facility and means of interstate and foreign commerce to persuade, induce, entice, and coerce an individual who had not attained the age of 18 years to engage in sexual activity for which a person can be charged with a criminal offense, and attempted to do the same, to wit, BRIGHT used computers and/or telephones to communicate with an undercover FBI agent about arranging to engage in sexual activity with a purported nine-year old boy and a seven-year old girl, and attempted to meet with the boy and the girl to engage in sexual activity, in violation of New York Penal Law Sections 130.25(2), 130.30(1), 130.35(3), 130.55, 130.60(2), and 130.65(3) and (4).
The complaint states that on April 17, 2019, the undercover agent posed as a mother of a nine-year old boy and seven-year old girl and posted a message on KinkD “seeking to chat with people who are, in sum and substance, interested in teaching her children lessons about the ‘birds and the bees.’”
The next day, a KinkD user going by the handle “randomanon” allegedly took the bait. It turned out to be Peter Bright, who allegedly urged them to continue their conversation on WhatsApp. Between May 14 and May 22, the male feminist allegedly engaged the undercover agent in discussions about his ongoing sexual experience with an 11-year-old, as well as his previous sexual experience.
The complaint further alleges that Bright sought to meet the agent and the two minors to engage in sex, “including BRIGHT penetrating the Girl with a finger, a toy, or his penis.”
Bright allegedly inquired about whether he could teach the children “lessons” involving his private parts. “I’m thinking maybe something involving foreskin is the way to start,” he allegedly said.
The FBI provided a transcript of the dialogue, which we will not reprint on Human Events.
Bright’s bio on his Twitter profile, @drpizza, identifies him as an Ars Technica writer. He sexually identifies as “poly/pan/pervy” and lists his pronouns “he/him.”
Bright allegedly provided the agent with test results for several sexually transmitted diseases and sent the agent two photographs of himself, which identify him as the man who showed up in person. He also allegedly sent the agent a photograph of his privates. The agent’s review of records from T-Mobile associate Bright’s identity with the phone number used by the same individual on WhatsApp.
On May 22, Bright met with the undercover agent and was arrested shortly thereafter. His appearance was a visual match with the individual the agent spoke to online.
Peter Bright’s bio on his Twitter profile, @drpizza, identifies him as an Ars Technica writer. He sexually identifies as “poly/pan/pervy” and lists his pronouns “he/him.”
The tech journalist has made the rounds on Twitter as an avowed “male feminist” who once bragged about “dating 3 feminists right now” and spoken extensively about feminist issues and repeatedly condemned the #GamerGate movement for ethics in games journalism. Despite being a journalist in games and technology, Bright often spoke out against “male gamers,” referring to them as “irredeemable.” He also defended the concept of cuckoldry.
In several posts, Bright claimed to understand the psychology of child molesters, expressed his disagreement with age-based rape laws, and once remarked that one should “please ignore the [child’s] howling coming from the basement.”
Conde Nast, the publisher of Ars Technica, confirmed to the Daily Dot that Bright was indeed arrested and that he is no longer employed.
Ian Miles Cheong is the managing editor of Human Events