US helps bring down Spanish paedo ring
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.