Before you Reddit.com/jailbait fans begin to cry, keep in mind that fans of “jailbait” photos on Reddit have other new subreddits to find their tween cutie pictures. But the fact is, that Reddit’s jailbait section is dead, and more than likely gone forever!

So how did this happen? Well, two things occurred. Firstly, there was intense media scrutiny. On AC 360 Thursday night, Anderson Cooper spotlighted the “jailbait” section on Reddit, which features photographs of under-age teenagers.

“Somebody somewhere is looking at sexually suggestive photos of your teenage child and you might be just as surprised to learn where these pervy grownups find the images. They’re posted on a site that’s part of one of the most respected publishing empires on Earth. We’re talking about a site called Reddit.” Cooper noted that the site has grown big enough to become its own division, side by side with mega-publisher Conde Nast, who is Reddit’s corporate parent.

Cooper called the posting of these photos creepy, and was curious why nothing was being done to protect the privacy of the subjects in the images.

“Reddit is uninterested in stopping them, even though it boasts on the corporate blog the good it is doing for the world,” he said.

Cooper asked CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin if the “jailbait” section of Reddit was legal. “I didn’t see anything illegal,” Toobin said. “Is it in good taste? Is it appropriate for this or any company to be involved? That’s a very different question…but it could result in a civil lawsuit, and obviously was not in good taste.”

That was the first hammer that came down. The bad publicity got many who knew nothing about Reddit to flock and see what it was all about. Then the much more damaging second hammer (and nail) came to “jailbait’s” coffin.

It seemed like a user on Reddit has been caught distributing child pornography in the “jailbait” section of the site.

Two former moderators of the section say that a Reddit staff member admitted to them child porn had been transmitted thanks to a post on the site Sunday night. And thus, Jailbait has been closed down for good.

The scandal started late Sunday night, when a user named TheContortionist posted a picture of what he claimed was his then-14-year-old girlfriend to Jailbait. Jailbait was home to more than 20,000 subscribers who posted pictures of scantily-clad—but clothed—teens and tweens—many which are ripped from their Facebook profiles. Jailbait’s founder had boasted that it was in the top 15 sections of the site.

The pic TheContortionist posted on was of his 14-year-old supposed ex-girlfriend’s underwear-clad butt. Nothing out of the ordinary for Jailbait. But users quickly began clamoring for more, “voting up” his post more than 200 times. TheContortionist admitted to having child pornography, telling users “this is the only non nude photo I have of her.” Still, more than 70 Redditors begged TheContortionist to send them the underage nude pictures via private message.

After being bombarded, TheContortionist gave in, and posted another pic. “Fine, here!” he wrote. “Note: I had to edit the photo for obvious reasons. Enjoy your fap.”

According to Matthew Sharkey, a Reddit user who was monitoring the thread at the time, the picture was of a child’s face with blond hair. The top and bottom of the image was censored with images of the Power Puff Girls, but Sharkey says that, based on unobscured parts of the image and comments made by TheContortionist, the girl in the picture was engaged in oral sex. (Sharkey notified the FBI about the thread soon after.)

The new picture set off another spate of users asking for a “pm”—presumably of the uncensored image.

Outraged Reddit users exposed TheContortionist post, voting it up to the front page of the site. TheContortionist’s was eventually deleted by Reddit, but by then the users got the kiddie porn they were desperate for. According to a post by Jailbait moderator I_RAPE_PEOPLE (really), Reddit staffer Jason Harvey emailed the half-dozen moderators of Jailbait and told them that “Child pornography was actually transmitted through private messages, the admins are dealing with it.” (I_RAPE_PEOPLE later edited his post to say pornography had “most likely” been transmitted.)

Deleting the post wasn’t enough for Reddit administrators, however. They shut down Jailbait yesterday, saying it was closed “due to threatening the structural integrity of the greater reddit community.” (Jailbait was briefly shuttered in August, but this time it’s apparently gone forever.)

Just last week, Reddit general manager Erik Martin was asked by tech blogger David Weinberger about Jailbait. He replied:

“There’s stuff on there that’s extremely offensive and reprehensible. but we’re not an editorial site. If something’s legal we don’t touch it.”

Until yesterday, Martin and Reddit’s staff were apparently comfortable that Jailbait’s community moderators, users like I_RAPE_PEOPLE and Violentacrez—a 50-something Texas software engineer who openly brags about having oral sex with his 19-year-old step-daughter—could keep Jailbait just this side of the law. But, whether they eventually admit it or not, Jailbait turned into a hub for fans of outright child pornography.

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