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Ringleader of convicted online child porn ring killed in prison

A New York man serving a 40-year prison sentence for his role in an international child pornography ring died Wednesday after a fight involving seven inmates at a federal detention center in Michigan, the Detroit News reported.

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Christian Maire died and a second inmate was injured in what authorities believe was a targeted stabbing attack at the Milan detention center, the Detroit Free Press reported. Maire was stabbed during an “altercation” on Tuesday and died from his wounds the following day, according to a statement from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Prison officials are treating the incident as a homicide, the News reported.

Maire, 40, a married father of two, was sentenced Dec. 5 after being convicted as the mastermind of an online porn operation that sexually exploited more than 100 girls nationwide, the Free Press reported. Maire was part of a nine-man operation called the “Bored Group,” who convinced girls to strip, masturbate and perform sexual acts on a webcam, the newspaper reported.

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Maire and his co-defendants were caught by the FBI in 2017 after operating for five years on the internet, the News reported.

“It’s a horrible tragedy and it seems something like this should have been able to be avoided,” Maire’s lawyer, Mark Kriger, told the newspaper Friday.

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