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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Two arrested after child porn found on phones

TWO middle-aged men who are suspected of sending each other sick images of child pornography on their mobile phones were arrested in dawn raids this morning.

The Dublin-based suspects were snared after one of them sent disgusting images of child pornography to a wrong mobile phone number belonging to an innocent woman who is known to one of the men.

She made a complaint which led to gardai previously raiding a home in the south inner city and seizing a number of mobile phones, all of which had images of child pornography on them.

Analysis of these phones showed that the two men who are aged in their late 40s and early 50s had been sending child pornography images to each other over a lengthy period of time.



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This in turn led detectives to search the northside home of the other suspect where a phone was seized -- which proved that the two men had been in contact with each other.

Follow up investigations have shown that the suspect -- who is living in the North Strand area of the capital -- had also been making abusive phone calls to a children's charity.

A source explained: "What was going on between these two men is very disturbing.

"It does not even seem that they knew each other very well but what has shown up is that they were exchanging highly explicit child pornography images.

"Another disturbing aspect of this case is that they were in communication trying to outdo each other with sick fantasies about child rape."

One of the suspects is known as an extremely violent criminal who is suspected of a vicious knife attack.

It is understood that he has also launched a campaign of intimidation against the woman who made a complaint to gardai about him.



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The other man has a previous conviction for harassing a child a number of years ago.

A source said: "These are particularly nasty individuals and it would be a benefit to society if they get taken off the streets and put in jail where they belong."

kfoy@herald.ie

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