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27 August 2010 :: 16:08:38 pm 36767

Brit Facebook Paedophile Sentence to Four Years Jail

The British ringleader of an international network of Facebook users who shared upwards of 100,000 indecent images has been jailed for four years on Thursday.
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United Kingdom, the 26th of August 2010: Convicted sex offender Ian Green [45], from West Sussex, was sentenced by the Chichester Crown Court for acts described by the magistrate as “exploiting children in the worst possible way”.

Green pleaded guilty to all 24 charges of making, possessing and distributing indecent images of children. Images, which he then distributed via 11 different Facebook accounts using private groups to facilitate the exchange of photos with other like minded individuals.

Despite the uploading of a catalogue of photographs depicting children, the presence of 724 images and videos classified at the most extreme level (5) was the main focus of Judge Charles Byer’s verdict. Before handing down his decision, Judge Byers explained that Greens dealings were  a “sophisticated operation” involving images of children “which right-thinking people can never condone.”

Green’s operation was called to the attention of British authorities following and investigation by Australian counterparts, which successfully infiltrated the network and linked several accounts to the deviant UK based ringleader.

Allegedly, Green was providing exclusive access to a number of private groups on Facebook, which depicted thousands of indecent child imagery and pornography. Users would be granted access on a trust basis, which usually entailed the uploading of their own data to the groups, before they were then given access to other more ‘graphic’ archives.

Reportedly, Green was already on the sex offenders register in the UK, serving 12-months imprisonment in 2005 for distributing indecent images of children and committing acts of gross indecency against children.

In total, as a result of the transnational police operation ‘Enrank,’ a further five suspects have been arrested over Green’s Facebook dealings, while another nine have been arrested in Canada, Germany, Switzerland and South Africa. Facebook representatives also revealed that registered sex offenders are omitted from having the ability to access the social networking site, however, that they relied on accurate, up-to-date information provided by authorities to manage the situation.

Reporter : John Weston   Photo : Internet   Category : World News

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