Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Child Porn Police Use Spy Software to Arrest 200 Suspects; Child Porn Suspects Caught While Online by New Met Software

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Child Porn Police Use Spy Software to Arrest 200 Suspects; Child Porn Suspects Caught While Online by New Met Software

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Byline: Justin Davenport Crime Correspondent

SCOTLAND YARD is using cutting edge technology to arrest an average of three child-porn offenders a week in one of the biggest operations of its kind.

The computer software has been developed in America and allows investigators to monitor suspects as they watch child porn images.

So far about 200 people have been arrested throughout Britain with suspects being caught red-handed by police in their homes. Offenders have included a bus driver for mentally handicapped children, a Sunday School teacher and a scout leader.

Police use the software to search filesharing networks for images of child pornography being offered to paedophiles.

Investigators can locate files containing child porn images even if they are hidden -- and then identify the computer's unique internet address.

A new computer crime unit in Scotland Yard's Clubs and Vice squad can monitor suspects as they share and download images online. The initiative has sparked one of the most significant online paedophile inquiries since the operation ore investigation which resulted in the prosecution of 2,600 British men.

in the last two weeks police have swooped on nine suspects in addresses around London. a further 25 people are on bail pending inquires.

more than 200 computers have been "captured" recording child porn. Police say the majority of those arrested have never come to their attention before. investigators found thousands of people sharing images of child porn in a 30 day period. Hundreds are in London.

Detective Sergeant richard matthews, who heads the unit, said: "The scale of the problem is worrying. We can only target the most prolific offenders but if anyone shows any sign of being an abuser they become an immediate priority."

in one recent case the unit identified a 29-year-old offender in Wiltshire which led to 25 child abuse victims under the age of 13 being identified and rescued from online grooming. …

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