Feeds

Spanish cuff 19 in net paedo ring bust

Nationwide dragnet

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

Spanish police have arrested 19 people across the country in connection with alleged paedophile activites, including online grooming, sexual abuse and distributing paedophile material on the internet.

According to Spain's Interior Ministry, the suspects - from locations including Madrid, Barcelona, Badajoz, Valencia, Granada, Murcia, Santander, A Coruña and Córdoba - sexually abused children, recorded the assaults and then distributed the images online, El Mundo reports.

The investigation began last August when a Madrid mother alerted the authorities that her 12-year-old son had been approached in an internet chat room by someone called "José" who offered the boy money and presents in return for sex. The police traced the 29-year-old suspect to Murcia, where subsequent investigations showed that he was in contact with other paedophiles to whom he offered minors he had groomed. He is also alleged to have recorded some of these sexual encounters.

Police arrested "José" on 2 September last year when he arrived at a hotel to meet his intended victim. He had hired a room in which police found a laptop computer, mobile phone and video camera. The authorities also raided his home, in which they discovered incriminating video tapes and computer evidence which allegedly attests to his abuse of dozens of children.

Analysis of the material allowed investigators to track down other suspected paedophiles, including a 41-year-old who was cuffed in January when he attempted to pick up a child from a Madrid school in his car. Police seized two computers, still and video cameras, and hundreds of CDs from the suspect's house. ®

Related stories

International net paedos busted
Kids' blogs a 'paedophile's dream'
Internet Safety Day: promoting safer surfing

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Special pleading against mass surveillance won't help anyone
Protecting journalists alone won't protect their sources
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst
Big weekend queues only represent fruity firm's supply
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Bill Gates, drugs and the internet: Top 10 Larry Ellison quotes
'I certainly never expected to become rich ... this is surreal'
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper
Stand down, FTC... you can put your feet up for a bit
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
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?
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.