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Web firm uncovers 900 child porn links after tip-off

Published July 26, 2013 by misty534

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AN Irish web service has uncovered over 900 links to child pornography ‘cyberlockers’ on the internet.

 

Dublin-based Hotline.ie discovered the repositories of child pornography following a tip-off from an Irish internet user in June.

The material, which contains images and videos of children thought to be of varying nationalities, has been traced to Taiwanese web servers.

In total, 928 links were discovered, some originating in internet chat rooms, according to Paul Durrant, director of Hotline.ie.

A joint operation by the Irish organisation and its Taiwanese counterpart has seen the offensive material removed.

Police in Taiwan are now investigating the origin of the ‘cyberlockers’ or file-sharing folders.

Hotline.ie, which relies on members of the public to report suspected incidences of child sex abuse content online, has seen an increase in child pornography traced to Irish sources this year.

Last year, the organisation tracked 96 incidences of child sexual abuse online, with four traced to Ireland. So far this year, the number of confirmed Irish cases has risen to seven, said Mr Durrant.

Accurately tracking the illegal content to individual machines or services is difficult to do because of cloud computer technology. However, last year, Hotline.ie tracked more cases of child-abuse content to Ireland than to Britain, Germany or France. Mr Durrant said 90pc of all illegal content reported is removed from the internet within 72 hours.

 

Irish Independent

Pervert posed as girl to chat online to teen

Published July 11, 2013 by misty534

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A SEX offender who posed as a young girl to chat to a 13-year-old girl online has been warned he could be jailed.

 

A judge has postponed sentencing on Sunderland man Bryan Hill in a bid to determine the reasons behind his compulsive obsession with child pornography.

The 55-year-old was caught with hundreds of indecent images of children and asked police to “lock me up and throw away the key”.

Hill had already served time in prison for a similar offence and was banned from owning any equipment which could be used to store images.

But when police visited his home, he confessed to having a laptop. Checks revealed this contained 410 sickening images and 35 depraved films of children being abused.

One of the films was classed as level five – the most serious – and one film and three images were categorised as extreme pornography.

Hill, of Tatham Street, Sunderland, admitted 11 charges when he appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court, including breaching a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.

He also admitted he had posed as a young girl to chat to a 13-year-old schoolgirl online.

At Newcastle Crown Court, Hill’s legal team asked for a delay in sentencing so he could be assessed by a neuropsychologist who specialises in this type of behaviour.

Christopher Morrison, defending, said: “There are clearly overtones of compulsive behaviour in these matters.”

The court heard, in 2004, Hill suffered head injuries when he fell from a ladder at work, with another man falling on top of him.

He suffered damage to the frontal lobe of his brain, which left him with severe mood swings.

Mr Morrison added: “We need to find out if there is any medical impairment that is causing this compulsion.”

Judge Simon Hickey told Hill: “These are serious charges made more serious by the breach of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.”

Hill, who is on remand, will be back before the court at a date to be decided.

 

The Shields Gazette

University of Bedfordshire call for urgent action over child access to porn

Published May 29, 2013 by misty534

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LECTURERS at the University of Bedfordshire have made an urgent call for children to be educated about pornography following a report by the children’s commissioner last week.

Researchers from four universities identified 41,000 items of academic literature about pornography, undertaking an in-depth analysis of 276 to draw its conclusions.

Dr Llian Alys, Lecturer in Forensic Psychology at the University of Bedfordshire, and part if the research team said: “In this age of evolving technology and increased technological connectivity, the time has come to address children and young people’s exposure to pornography and its possible effects. We hope that this report will encourage that discussion.”

The research, based on a review of published evidence led by Middlesex University in partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, Canterbury Christchurch University and University of Kent was supplemented by a focus group of young people.

The report, entitled; ‘Basically… porn is everywhere’, found that children and young people’s exposure and access to pornography occurs both online and offline but in recent years the most common method of access is via internet enabled technology; exposure and access to pornography increases with age.

It also found that accidental exposure to pornography is more prevalent than deliberate access and there are gender differences in exposure and access to pornography with boys more likely to be exposed to and deliberately access, seek or use pornography than girls.

The study concludes that there are still many unanswered questions about the affect exposure to pornography has on children – which the Office of the Children’s Commissioner says needs urgent action as extreme violent and sadistic imagery are just two clicks away.

Maggie Atkinson, Children’s Commissioner for England said: “This report is based on an assessment of the available evidence. It points out the gaps in our knowledge as well as providing compelling evidence that exposure to pornography influences children’s attitudes to relationships and sex.

“We are living at a time when violent and sadistic imagery is readily available to very young children, even if they do not go searching for it, their friends may show it to them or they may stumble on it whilst using the internet. We all have a duty to protect children from harm and the time has come for decisive action.”

 

 

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Man jailed over “repellent” abuse images

Published May 16, 2013 by misty534

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A SEX offender from Leamington has been jailed for three years after police found “deeply repellent” images of child abuse on his computer.

They included moving images described by a judge as being “of the most revolting and disturbing kind” which Richard Johnson, of Eden Court in Mason Avenue, had made available for others to download via a file-sharing network.

The 47-year-old, previously jailed for more than two years for sexual assault and making indecent images of children, was already subject to sex offender registration for life.

He was jailed for three years after pleading guilty to eight new charges of making indecent images of children and eight of distributing them.

In October last year the Child Protection Unit were informed that Johnson had failed to reveal information about a relationship he had had following his release from prison.

When police went to arrest him for failing to comply with the terms of his registration, they also seized his laptop computer to check it.

On the laptop they discovered a total of 1,474 still and six moving indecent images of children.

Of those, 964 of the still images and four moving clips, one of them lasting 12 minutes, were classed as level four and six of the stills were level five, the most serious category of abuse.

Nicholas Aldridge, defending, said that release from prison Johnson had found accommodation, employment and a partner but became depressed following an illness.

His spiral into child pornography was, said Mr Aldridge, a “form of self-loathing”, who added Johnson also self-harmed physically.

But after viewing some of the images, as he was required to do, Judge Alan Parker said: “They are profoundly disturbing and deeply repellent.”

And he told Johnson: “In the pre-sentence report you describe your offending as a form of self-abuse.

“It is all about you, and nothing at all about those many children who were grossly sexually abused by others whose revolting conduct you have participated in by the downloading of this material and making it available to others.”

Leamington Observer

Carnforth man jailed for more than 4 years for possessing child porn

Published May 2, 2013 by misty534

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A man from Carnforth has been sentenced to 4 and a half years (54 months) imprisonment for possessing indecent images of children.

 

Craig Pilling, 59, of Packet Lane, Carnforth, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court today (Wednesday 1 May 2013) after he was found guilty of two counts of possessing indecent images of a child.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) at an earlier hearing.

Pilling was arrested in August 2012 after it was discovered that he had been in contact with a 16 year old girl from the Lancaster area, who he had met on two occasions when she had been reported missing from home. This was a direct breach of his SOPO which prohibited him from having contact with children under the age of 18.

Speaking at court after the sentencing, DC Colin Gaskell from the Public Protection Unit said: “We are pleased with the sentence given today and hope that, with Pilling behind bars, it means that more youngsters are protected and that this serves as a warning to others who are subject to SOPOs that if you breach the order, we will find you and bring you before the courts.”

 

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Carnforth man jailed for more than 4 years for possessing child porn

Published May 2, 2013 by misty534

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A man from Carnforth has been sentenced to 4 and a half years (54 months) imprisonment for possessing indecent images of children.

 

Craig Pilling, 59, of Packet Lane, Carnforth, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court today (Wednesday 1 May 2013) after he was found guilty of two counts of possessing indecent images of a child.

He also pleaded guilty to breaching his Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) at an earlier hearing.

Pilling was arrested in August 2012 after it was discovered that he had been in contact with a 16 year old girl from the Lancaster area, who he had met on two occasions when she had been reported missing from home. This was a direct breach of his SOPO which prohibited him from having contact with children under the age of 18.

Speaking at court after the sentencing, DC Colin Gaskell from the Public Protection Unit said: “We are pleased with the sentence given today and hope that, with Pilling behind bars, it means that more youngsters are protected and that this serves as a warning to others who are subject to SOPOs that if you breach the order, we will find you and bring you before the courts.”

 

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Child porn discovered on Irish servers

Published April 30, 2013 by misty534

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Child pornography peddlers are exploiting internet technologies to host their imagery on Irish servers, with record numbers of such cases last year.

Four incidents of online child abuse imagery hosted in Ireland were documented in 2012 — more than all such cases since monitoring began 14 years ago. 

In three of the cases, criminals used cloud computing, a technology which allows people to use Irish- based servers but control them from another country. 

Hotline.ie, set up by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, said cloud computing was creating a “more complex” situation for watchdogs and law enforcement. 

In its 2012 annual report, Hotline.ie said it received 2,950 reports of suspected illegal activity online. Some 2,357 related to child pornography; 24 concerned child grooming; 93 related to financial scams; and 28 concerned racism. 

The number of reports was 20% higher than in 2011. The report said the vast majority of these were not illegal, with most being adult pornography. 

In all, 116 reports were considered to contain illegal content: 96 contained child abuse imagery; five were drugs related; and 15 were financial scams with an Irish connection. Of the child pornography sites, most were based in the US (52), with 10 each based in Vietnam and Russia. 

All the foreign cases were reported by Hotline.ie to foreign equivalent agencies though INHOPE, an umbrella organisation covering 37 countries. 

The report said 90% of these sites are taken down within three days. The remaining cases were forwarded to Interpol. 

The report said four cases were located in Ireland, “the largest ever in one year”. 

“Since the establishment of Hotline.ie in 1999, there have previously been only three verified reports of content hosted in Ireland.” 

Cloud computing was involved in three of the cases, involving a server based here but operated from the US. 

Launching the report, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said this development was “regrettable” and showed that “new fronts are opening as we continue to fight the scourge of internet abuse”. 

Reports of child abuse imagery has fallen considerably over the years. The report expressed concern this was not because there was less material online, but because paedophiles were using it in ways to avoid the eyes of general web users. 
Elsewhere, Hotline.ie said the most common file downloaded from its site was on cyberbullying. 

It said there was a massive jump in visits to its site since October, which may be related to media coverage of the death of a schoolgirl, allegedly because of cyberbullying. 

* http://www.hotline.ie

Child porn discovered on Irish servers

Published April 30, 2013 by misty534

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Child pornography peddlers are exploiting internet technologies to host their imagery on Irish servers, with record numbers of such cases last year.

Four incidents of online child abuse imagery hosted in Ireland were documented in 2012 — more than all such cases since monitoring began 14 years ago. 

In three of the cases, criminals used cloud computing, a technology which allows people to use Irish- based servers but control them from another country. 

Hotline.ie, set up by the Internet Service Providers Association of Ireland, said cloud computing was creating a “more complex” situation for watchdogs and law enforcement. 

In its 2012 annual report, Hotline.ie said it received 2,950 reports of suspected illegal activity online. Some 2,357 related to child pornography; 24 concerned child grooming; 93 related to financial scams; and 28 concerned racism. 

The number of reports was 20% higher than in 2011. The report said the vast majority of these were not illegal, with most being adult pornography. 

In all, 116 reports were considered to contain illegal content: 96 contained child abuse imagery; five were drugs related; and 15 were financial scams with an Irish connection. Of the child pornography sites, most were based in the US (52), with 10 each based in Vietnam and Russia. 

All the foreign cases were reported by Hotline.ie to foreign equivalent agencies though INHOPE, an umbrella organisation covering 37 countries. 

The report said 90% of these sites are taken down within three days. The remaining cases were forwarded to Interpol. 

The report said four cases were located in Ireland, “the largest ever in one year”. 

“Since the establishment of Hotline.ie in 1999, there have previously been only three verified reports of content hosted in Ireland.” 

Cloud computing was involved in three of the cases, involving a server based here but operated from the US. 

Launching the report, Justice Minister Alan Shatter said this development was “regrettable” and showed that “new fronts are opening as we continue to fight the scourge of internet abuse”. 

Reports of child abuse imagery has fallen considerably over the years. The report expressed concern this was not because there was less material online, but because paedophiles were using it in ways to avoid the eyes of general web users. 
Elsewhere, Hotline.ie said the most common file downloaded from its site was on cyberbullying. 

It said there was a massive jump in visits to its site since October, which may be related to media coverage of the death of a schoolgirl, allegedly because of cyberbullying. 

* http://www.hotline.ie

Paedophile falconer Barry Coleman faces long jail sentence

Published April 22, 2013 by misty534

A falconer has been warned he faces a long jail sentence after admitting child sex offences spanning five decades.

Birds of prey keeper Barry Coleman admitted child rapes going back the 1970s and involvement in child pornography as recently as last year.

 
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His activities included distribution of child abuse images and text contacts with another known paedophile, Exeter Crown Court was told.

Coleman, 66, of Barbrook, Lynton, admitted a string of offences and was bailed pending sentence but warned he will go to jail.

Judge Francis Gilbert, QC, told him: “I am giving you bail to put your affairs in order and for the sake of your birds. You must understand you will receive a custodial sentence. It is inevitable for these offences.”

Coleman admitted two child rapes rapes and two other serious sexual offences between 1975 and 1986.

He admitted distributing 622 images or movies of child abuse in 2010 or 2011, four offences of making child pornography, and two of possession of a total of 1,684 indecent images or movies.

He also pleaded guilty to a charge of possessing 75 grossly offensive pornographic images showing bestiality and another of having 11 prohibited images of children.

He denied six offences of indecency but Mr Sean Brunton, prosecuting, said the facts of these cases formed part of the background to the more serious charges of rape which he has admitted.

Coleman denied sending a text message to fellow paedophile Graham Godbeer, who was jailed for 16 years in January for offences against two different girls.

The text was alleged to have encouraged him to commit offences against young girls.

Mr David Sapiecha, defending, said he accepted sending the text but did not intend it to be acted on. Mr Sapiecha said: “He pleads not guilty on the basis that he sent the messages which were exchanged. The issue is whether he believed the offence would actually be committed.

“He is 66 and been on bail for a considerable time. I ask for a pre sentence report although he understands it will go only to the length of the sentence. I ask for bail to allow him to put his affairs in order. He runs a bird of prey show and wants to organise their care.”

Godbeer, aged 55, of Veale Close, Hatherleigh, was jailed for 16 years by Judge John Neligan at Exeter Crown Court after being found guilty of rape and three counts of indecency against the one girl and admitting sexual assault on a second girl. He also admitted eight offences of possessing child pornography, and three of possessing extreme adult pornography.

Police investigating his case discovered he had been in touch with Coleman and other paedophiles. They are still trying to trace at least one of the children whose images were found on his computer.

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