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June 11, 2020
Banks of computer equipment believed to house 600tb of child abuse videos Credit: EPA

DETECTIVES face having to spend 30 years sifting through 600 terabytes of videos and photos of child abuse found in a paedophile gang's lair.

German police uncovered the horrific stash at a property in Munster which is suspected of being used by a child sex ring made up of up to 11 men.

Adrian V is at the centre of the child abuse probe

The data was found in the basement of a property which was owned by the suspected main perpetrator Adrian V's mum.

Pictures from the house show an air-conditioned server room with banks of computer equipment that was allegedly used to store the vile abuse videos.

German police have said it could take them up to 30 years to sift through all the data manually.

But the cops are hoping to use artificial intelligence (AI) to speed up the process.

Professor Christian Matzdorf told Bild: "This amount of data is a challenge for forensic technicians that has never been there before.

"The AI must be trained and fed with material from the find."

The computer can make this process much quicker as it can learn to recognise backgrounds, faces and silhouettes.

It will help police piece together a picture revealing the extent of the child sex abuse happening in Munster.

AI will also mean officers do not have to deal with the trauma of viewing hours of child abuse videos as part of the probe.

Police believe much of the video stored in the sex ring's data cache is raw, unedited and uncompressed.

Detectives suspect much of the abuse occurred at the house and they have arrested 11 people in connection with the case.

Adrian V, a 27-year-old IT specialist, is at the centre of the investigation, after some of the abuse was allegedly filmed in his mum’s home.

Carina V, a 45-year-old kindergarten teacher, has also been arrested, although it is not suggested that she allowed children at her school to be abused.

The house was allegedly equipped with security cameras so the horrific abuse could be recorded.

Cops also found a double bed and a double bunk bed were both being watched by cameras.

Police have so far uncovered three victims – a five-year-old, a 10-year-old and a 12-year old.

Cops have already found at least 15 incidents of abuse at the home from November 2018 to May 2020.

Investigators, believe the haul could be “the tip of the iceberg”, according to Suddeutsche Zeitung.

Police say they were led to the child sex ring after monitoring Adrian V since 2018, with the suspect given probation for child pornography convictions from 2016 and 2017.

Officers who searched one his properties discovered the sever room at the house.

Munster police chief Rainer Furth said: "Even the most experienced crime officers have reached the limits of what is humanly tolerable and far beyond."

In one alleged incident, between April 25 and 26, four men abused the five and 10-year-old children “alternately for hours”, chief investigator Joachim Poll said.

The Mayor of Munster, Markus Lewe, said: "I am terrified that our city was obviously the scene of such terrible acts."

He added: "Our attention and thoughts are with the children, who are now in safe facilities and receive extensive professional help there."

Only one other suspect’s identity has been released – 42-year-old Enrico L, who, according to Berliner Zeitung, reportedly ran the allotment agency where the property was located.



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