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 Paedophile Arrested in Benidorm 

Paedophile Arrested in Benidorm - The defendant obtained more than a thousand recordings of naked minors and also sexually harassed at least eleven minors whom he recorded without clothes and whom, on occasion, he even threatened.

The National Police have arrested in Benidorm an alleged paedophile who had managed to hack the domestic surveillance cameras of more than 70 families from different countries of the world and managed to obtain more than 1,000 recordings of naked children, two of them in Spain  he sexually harassed at least eleven minors who accessed video chats, recorded them naked and sometimes threatened them. The defendant had organized a system of selling child pornography in exchange for bitcoins or images of abuse recorded by his clients, according to authorities through a statement.

Police found thousands of recordings from countries such as Brazil, the United States, United Kingdom and Canada, among others,  all these illegal recordings featured children, often naked. With regard to Spanish users, the research efforts will be able to identify those located in Spain.

It was also discovered that he recorded, on at least one occasion, children he tutored, without them being aware, trying to obtain images of their underwear. It will also be possible to identify these victims.

It was also revealed that he had sexually harassed, via the Internet, at least eleven children who accessed video chats, whom he recorded naked and sometimes even threatened. Finally, data has been obtained that can help identify one of the victims who uploaded to TOR and who gave rise to this investigation. The detainee remains in pre-trial detention, and the officers seized printed documents, eight hard drives, two USB sticks, two mobile phones and a laptop.

Investigations began when officers of Task Force Argos, a department of the Queensland State Police (Australia) specialized in the prosecution of this type of crime, found sexual images of what they suspected to be a child from the Pacific area, although their analysis suggested that they had been modified and uploaded from Spain. The National Police then initiated a process of close collaboration with Australian officers to try to identify and arrest the person responsible.

Tracking the user who had uploaded the content showed that he used different names on a variety of hidden paedophile forums. The meticulous work of analysis and intelligence to recompose the movements of the author and the study of his comments on the dark web allowed to identify him. This was an individual who had already been arrested when he was a minor for acts of the same nature.

Specialists from the National Police discovered that, taking advantage of his British nationality he practiced as a private English teacher. This work allowed him to have at least ten students, which triggered the alarms of the officers, making the decision to proceed to his arrest.

Paedophile Arrested in Benidorm

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Once his location in Benidorm was found, despite the lack of total collaboration of the investigated and the powerful security measures that he had implemented, sufficient indications were found that proved the authorship of the facts investigated, since there were abundant handwritten annotations hidden with their usernames and techniques that he developed , trying to avoid leaving any digital indication that could be the object of a hack or that the Police could access them.

During the investigations, agents found some images of sexual abuse, as well as traces of the use of cryptocurrencies and money transfers to Romania through people involved in prostitution of minors, so this fact was communicated to the authorities of that country.

It was discovered that the detainee had organized a system of sale of child pornography. It was advertised on sites where consumers of such material come to contact it. To those who did so, he offered novel material that he obtained on the deep internet in exchange for payments in bitcoins or by exchanging material of abuse that the customers themselves committed on children. It also acted as an intermediary between producers and consumers, charging a commission for it.

As for the three children whose novel images he had released, he turned out to be responsible for the harassment of one of them. It was determined that the detainee was hired by an adult who knew the victim to obtain sexual images of her, at the rate of $80 per photo. The other two, according to the evidence obtained, he obtained as part of his exchange business.

Please note this article has been translated from Spanish to English, so some detail may be slightly lost in this translation, read the original article HERE

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