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Wednesday 26 November 2014

Couple left sickened over child porn sent to Xbox

A HORRIFIED Dublin couple who had child pornography sent to their Xbox while online are demanding to know how the incident happened.

The makers of Xbox are investigating the incident in which the unwitting gamer was sent sickening images of boys naked from the waist down to his console.

The man was playing an online game when an unsolicited message containing the images was sent to him. He immediately told his partner and they contacted the gardai.

Amy (not her real name) told the Herald her partner phoned her one night when she was out to tell her what had happened.

"When I got home and I saw it, I have to say, it was disgusting," Amy said. She said when contacted, the company told her to delete the message.

"I thought it was a horrible picture to see, so I got the guards involved. I explained the situation and they sent out two gardai to the house to have a look at it," she said.

"I think it's very, very disturbing to see something like that because there are children online every day," Amy said. "There were two children in our house at the time."

Having examined the photographs, detectives confiscated the Xbox and told Amy the images were child pornography.

Officers told her she was right to call them because if she had deleted it, but it was found on the company's mainframe, she and her partner could have been arrested for possession of child pornography.

Microsoft, which makes the popular game console, said it could not comment on the specifics of the case -- believed to be the first reported incident of its kind.

A spokesman told the Herald Xbox Live was a "self-policing community" with a code of conduct.

aphelan@herald.ie

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