Police in France arrest 61 child porn suspects

The French police have arrested 61 suspects in a large-scale action against child pornography, French media report. The action took place from Monday to today. Many suspects were arrested in and around Paris, Bordeaux, Orlรฉans, Lille, Lyon and Strasbourg.

The suspects were tracked down with the help of FBI software. These are men between 28 and 75 years old who have actively watched child pornography in recent months, says the central office for combating violence against persons (OCRVP), which was responsible for investigating. The operation involved 220 agents. Of the 61 suspects, fifteen have come into contact with justice before because of child pornography.

176 terabytes

Four arrests are also suspected of rape. A 56-year-old man admitted to having abused his now 14-year-old daughter. Also, the researchers found a video of a 37-year-old man raping a 7-year-old girl. A 39-year-old trainer active at two football clubs found videos abusing minors. In addition, he secretly made recordings in dressing rooms.

The police seized hundreds of hard drives, laptops and phones during the arrests. One of the suspects found a water-cooled server with 176 terabytes of downloaded files. An imam of 50 was also apprehended with over 400 images of child pornography in his possession. His defence was that he had downloaded the pictures out of curiosity.