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112 suspects arrested in online child porn swoop

By Tom Brady

Gardai have seized documentation on child pornography and a number of computers during searches as part of a Europe-wide crackdown on online sex abuse file-sharing networks.

Operation Icarus resulted in the arrest of 112 suspects in 22 countries, while another 269 suspects were identified. Officers from the Garda domestic violence and sexual assault unit carried out three searches and seized PCs, laptops, hard disks, and material including a manual on how to groom a child for sex.

Gardai arrested one man for questioning in Co Wexford and also identified a number of suspects in other parts of the country.

Icarus was co-ordinated by Europol. The operation targeted those sharing the most extreme forms of video material.

Europol director Rob Wainwright said it had uncovered previously |unknown networks of child sex offenders.

“The problems involved are becoming harder to police and call for sustained efforts by policymakers and law enforcement agencies to ensure that society's response remains strong and agile in this area,” Mr Wainwright added.

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