Mother’s partner is arrested over child porn video found on the ‘dark net’ after she sees images of her four-year-old daughter released by German police
- Police and cyber crime units were searching for girl, aged between four and five
- Officers believed that she has been abused since about October last year
- They took the unusual step of going public with images of the young victim
- Police have now arrested a suspect after a man was turned in by the girl’s family
A man is under arrest in the case of a four-year-old girl German police discovered being abused on the ‘dark net’.
The 24-year-old was arrested in the district of Wesermarsch near Bremen after being turned in by his partner when she saw her daughter in pictures released by police.
German authorities had taken the unusual step of going public with images of the young victim on Monday in a bid to identify her. Before midnight the same day both the girl and alleged abuser had been identified.
Police said evidence recovered from the suspect’s apartment linked him to the victim.
He has since been charged with nine counts of serious sexual abuse and posting the illegal images of his crimes on the so-called dark web. A judge travelled to the jail where he is being held – and quizzed by sex crime detectives – to formally charge him.
National investigators from the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) joined a cyber crime unit in searching for the child (pictured), who is between four and five years old
Police said the videos and images of the girl being abused were first discovered in July and assume the exploitation had begun in October last year
The photos of the female victim were released with an appeal for information about who she is.
Police said she was subjected to ‘serious sexual abuse’ between October last year and July this year.
Vile pictures of her suffering were uploaded to the dark net by her tormentor – images said to have sickened hardened lawmen.
Chief prosecutor Georg Ungefuk from the Central Office for Combating Cyber Crime said of the suspect: ‘He is a German citizen. The man is being questioned. The girl is also German and four years old.
Because they had exhausted all leads, police released her images in a desperate attempt to find her
‘He was arrested in an apartment by state police.’
Ungefuk took the decision to release the images of the girl on a Monday stating: ‘This is the last measure to identify the perpetrator. We only fell back on this as all other possibilities have not led to finding out who she is.
‘We assume that the child is further exposed to the perpetrator’s access,’ Ungefuk added. She is now in the care of child psychiatrists.