Feeds

Pedo porn ring gets slap on wrist

Max sentence of 30 months for wOnderland crew

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Seven British members of a notorious Internet child porn ring escaped the full force of the law in Kingston Crown Court today.

The guilty men were given lenient sentences for their parts in distributing enormous quantities of material throughout the w0nderland child pornography club. The jail terms ranged from one year to a maximum of 30 months.

The National Crime Squad press office said there had been no response to the sentences from the squad that had brought the paedophiles to book.

The paedophiles had pleaded guilty to conspiring to circulate indecent images of children, described by Detective Chief Inspector Alex Wood as "really quite horrific."

In sentencing, Judge Kenneth Macrae told the men that despite "pandering to the basest interests of man," the fact that they pleaded guilty to the charges was being taken into account.

At the time of their arrest, the maximum sentence for collecting and distributing child pornography was three years. Since then, the tariff has been increased to up to ten years.

The w0nderland club had 200 members, scattered all over the world. They had assembled more 750,000 unique images of pre-teen children being physically and sexually abused.

During the investigation officers were given counselling to help them cope with the material, according to Wood.

In total the collection showed the criminal abuse of 1,236 children, some as young as three months old, he said.

Detective Superintendent Peter Spindler said that the challenge for the squad now was to identify the victims of abuse. He said that the police had 'cleaned up' 900 images into viewable head and shoulder shots which were to be distributed throughout the police force.

So far, he said, 17 children had been identified. He would not comment more specifically: "What we need to remember is that these are real people with real lives we are dealing with here." ®

Related Story

Paedophile says why he loves the Net

Next gen security for virtualised datacentres

More from The Register

next story
6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)
Clampdown on clickbait ... and El Reg is OK with this
No, thank you. I will not code for the Caliphate
Some assignments, even the Bongster decline must
Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years
Man jailed for dodgy cinema recording of Hollywood movie
Caught red-handed: UK cops, PCSOs, specials behaving badly… on social media
No Mr Fuzz, don't ask a crime victim to be your pal on Facebook
Barnes & Noble: Swallow a Samsung Nook tablet, please ... pretty please
Novelslab finally on sale with ($199 - $20) price tag
Ballmer leaves Microsoft board to spend more time with his b-balls
From Clippy to Clippers: Hi, I see you're running an NBA team now ...
Video of US journalist 'beheading' pulled from social media
Yanked footage featured British-accented attacker and US journo James Foley
Assange™: Hey world, I'M STILL HERE, ignore that Snowden guy
Press conference: ME ME ME ME ME ME ME (cont'd pg 94)
Call of Duty daddy considers launching own movie studio
Activision Blizzard might like quality control of a CoD film
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?