French cops & Europol capture suspected darknet child porn dealer from its list of 'global priority targets'



Police in France have detained a man accused of operating child pornography websites with "thousands" of users globally. The successful raid was conducted in cooperation with Europol.

The suspect, identified by law enforcement as "one of the ten global priority targets," was arrested last week in France's southwestern Gironde region with the help of Europol, Frederique Porterie, a prosecutor in the city of Bordeaux, told reporters on Monday.

Porterie said that the man is believed to have run several websites on the darknet with photos and videos of child pornography that were visited by "thousands of users worldwide."

As well as the dissemination of child pornography, the suspect has been charged with rape and sexual assault against minors.


DailyMail Report:

Police in France have arrested a man who is described as one of the top 10 most-wanted targets by authorities fighting sexual crimes.

A man in his 40s, who has masterminded several 'darknet' paedophilia internet websites, was apprehended by officers in the city Bordeaux, southwest France on July 7.

The suspect was also charged with the rape of a minor as well as the sexual assault of a 15-year-old.

Bordeaux prosecutor Frederique Porterie: said: 'This internet user, identified as one of the 10 most-wanted targets... enabled thousands of Internet users across the world to have access to photographs or videos of a child pornography nature'

'He also appeared to have played an active role in the production of child pornography photographs or videos'.

Detectives and investigators managed to track down the suspect with the help of EU Europol's police agency.

The man, whose pornographic websites could only be accessed using specialist software to maintain anonymity amongst its users, accepted the charges made against him.

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