Online preda­tor held af­ter Tai­wan tip-off

> Job­less youth be­lieved to have lured 40 chil­dren to strip for him over the in­ter­net


KUALA LUMPUR: A 20-year-old job­less youth, who was de­tained here two weeks ago for the pos­ses­sion of child pornog­ra­phy fol­low­ing a tip-off by Tai­wanese police, is be­lieved to have lured al­most 40 chil­dren aged be­tween nine and 13 to strip for him in the cy­berspace.

The youth is said to have en­gaged his vic­tims through so­cial chat and online gam­ing web­sites be­fore be­friend­ing them.

He al­legedly lured his vic­tims to pose in the nude dur­ing video chat ses­sions which he dis­creetly recorded.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports by a Tai­wanese news por­tal, ex­cept for a 13-year-old Malaysian girl from Johor Baru, the rest of the vic­tims were from Tai­wan.

It was re­ported that the youth had shared the record­ings for a fee with sus­pected pae­dophiles online and pornog­ra­phy web­sites.

For weeks, Tai­wanese police tracked down the sus­pect in cy­berspace be­fore trac­ing the IP ad­dress of his in­ter­net con­nec­tion to Malaysia.

Tai­wanese police alerted police here be­fore the sus­pect was de­tected in Jin­jang.

He was ar­rested on Oct 14 by a team from the Kuala Lumpur police sex­ual crimes in­ves­ti­ga­tions di­vi­sion and re­manded for in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Police learnt the IP ad­dress the sus­pect had used was reg­is­tered to his cousin.

Kuala Lumpur police CID chief SAC Rusdi Mohd Isa said yes­ter­day that in­ves­ti­ga­tions are on­go­ing and ma­te­ri­als seized from the sus­pect such as com­put­ers are be­ing ex­am­ined by foren­sics police for in­crim­i­nat­ing ev­i­dence.

He said police are work­ing closely with their Tai­wanese coun­ter­parts to solve the case.

Rusdi said the sus­pect was re­leased on bail af­ter his ini­tial re­mand order of four days was ex­tended twice.

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