Saturday, April 25, 2009

Polish police arrest 48 in child pornography raids

Polish police have arrested 48 people suspected of distributing child pornography over the Internet after early morning raids around Poland, police said on Tuesday.

During the Monday raids at private homes, corporate offices and Internet cafes police also confiscated 92 computers, 43 hard drives and several thousand CDs and DVDs with suspected child pornography, which included pictures of children and animals.

Police said the arrested men included priests, pensioners, students and businessmen.

"There are also teachers, who should be expected to treat kids with care, but according to our evidence they were trying to take advantage of them," said a police spokesman in the southern city of Katowice, where some of the arrests took place.

The raids were coordinated with Interpol, which provided information to locate the suspects.

If convicted, they face prison sentences of up to eight years.