Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Polish police detain 29 suspected of spreading child pornography

Polish police have detained 29 people suspected of possessing and spreading child pornography over the Internet, authorities said Thursday.

Officers searched 32 homes and offices nationwide, seizing 34 computers, 24 hard drives, more than 5,000 CDs and DVDs, along with floppy discs and video cassettes containing pictures of naked children, Poland's national police said in a statement.

Eleven people have been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, police spokeswoman Agnieszka Hamelusz said. The rest are still being questioned.

In a similar operation carried out two months ago, Polish police arrested 55 people suspected of distributing child pornography.

Suspects face up to five years in prison for the possession of child pornography, and up to nine years in jail for distributing such material, if convicted.