US helps bring down Span­ish paedo ring

Costa Almería News - - News - By Richard Torné

Span­ish po­lice have ar­rested six peo­ple in con­nec­tion with child in­ter­net porn thanks to a tip-off from US Home­land Se­cu­rity.

One of those ar­rested is sus­pected of sex­u­ally abus­ing his young niece and up­load­ing video footage of the as­sault on the in­ter­net, while an­other was helped by his mother to con­ceal com­pro­mis­ing com­puter files, it has emerged.

Those ar­rested come from Almería, Cádiz, Sevilla, Ciu­dad Real and the re­gion of Cantabria, in the north of Spain.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion was launched af­ter the US alerted the Span­ish po­lice about pae­dophile con­tent on well known file-shar­ing so­cial net­work sites. Of­fi­cers raided a num­ber of ad­dresses through­out the coun­try af­ter as­cer­tain­ing that the crimes had been com­mit­ted in Spain.

One of those caught, a man from Cantabria, was al­legedly found in pos­ses­sion of photos and videos on his mo­bile phone, show­ing him sex­u­ally abus­ing his three-year-old niece. Po­lice sus­pect he car­ried out the crimes while he and the girl's grand­par­ents were look­ing af­ter her.

In Sevilla, an 18-year-old Nicaraguan man was one of the most ac­tive of­fend­ers and al­legedly shared a vast num­ber of files con­tain­ing child porn. Po­lice said his mother, who along with her hus­band are among three peo­ple also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion, not only knew of his ac­tiv­i­ties but col­luded with her son to con­ceal the ma­te­rial by en­crypt­ing com­puter files.

An­other ar­rested man, who is from Almería, has pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions for sim­i­lar crimes and for sex­ual as­sault. A mi­nor in Barcelona is also un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion for down­load­ing child porn images and for up­load­ing nude pho­to­graphs of him­self on his mo­bile. In this in­stance, how­ever, po­lice said his par­ents were un­aware of his ac­tiv­i­ties.

A 35-year-old man from Ciu­dad Real has also been ar­rested for sim­i­lar of­fences.

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