Police may charge data centre in largest ever child abuse images bust, Alleged satanic priest gets bail, ‘Rape den’ initiation school branded girls

March 5, 2015 Comments Off on Police may charge data centre in largest ever child abuse images bust, Alleged satanic priest gets bail, ‘Rape den’ initiation school branded girls

Police may charge data centre in largest ever child abuse images bust

by Lisa Vaas on March 4, 2015

Canadian police have seized over 1.2 petabytes of data from the dark net – more than four times the amount of data in the US Library of Congress – in what could be the largest child abuse image investigation ever.

In what would be a game-changing shift in prosecutorial tactics, police are considering going beyond the traditional method of prosecuting individuals and will potentially also press charges against the owner of the drives that hold that material – most likely, an Ontario data centre that houses the abusive images.

As Motherboard reports, police developed in-house password cracking software that’s slowly churning through the massive information trove.

Up to 7500 people – the number of unique IP addresses associated with the data seized – from nearly 100 countries could be implicated….

Police have developed password-cracking software that can cycle through 500,000 possibilities per second in order to sift through the seized data, which contains approximately 1.5 million compressed, password-protected RAR files, stored and analysed on the additional hardware they’ve had to purchase for the job.

Out of the 7500 IP addresses police have identified, 2200 of the users are in the US, 843 are in Germany, 534 are in Japan, 457 are in Russia, 394 in Canada, 380 in the UK and 374 in France. Until all the files have been password-cracked, however, there’s no saying how many of those files actually contain child porn…. https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/03/04/police-may-charge-data-centre-in-largest-ever-child-abuse-images-bust/

Alleged satanic priest gets bail
Sapa  04 March, 2015

The grandparents of a nine-year-old boy, his uncle, and a pastor were granted bail after a suspected satanic ritual that led to the boy’s alleged rape and molestation, according to a media report….

Magistrate Sharlotte Sithole said the medical report from 2013, when the boy was seven years-old, had no indications of sexual abuse or penetration.

On Monday, investigating officer Lt-Col Hendrik de Jager described the boy’s ordeal and said interviews revealed that over a period, possibly several years, the child was allegedly raped and molested multiple times by the group.

He said that there were threats to the boy and his mother, but on Tuesday Sitole said that there was no evidence of the threats.

The Star reported that De Jager said the uncle and grandparents allegedly took the boy to the pastor’s church once, where the adults donned masks and red robes and made a circle with red stones.

They surrounded the child, “prayed in strange tongues” and the child was asked to touch their genitals. He was also allegedly penetrated from behind by his uncle. http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2015/03/04/alleged-satanic-priest-gets-bail

‘Rape den’ initiation school branded girls with hot irons: testimony
Sapa  04 March, 2015
An initiation school in Mpumalanga was used as a sex den where 21 girls aged between nine and 17 were repeatedly raped and physically abused, the Nelspruit circuit of the High Court in Pretoria heard on Wednesday.

One of the 21 girls testified against Johan Jabulani Mlombo, 48 and his wife, Sister Mapalase Khoza, 41, both from Masoyi near Hazyview, a Sapa correspondent reported.

The couple have been charged with assaulting and raping the girls at their initiation school in Mahushu, on August 29, 2012.

Both accused have pleaded not guilty to 27 charges of rape, three of sexual assault, and 19 of assault with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. They have been granted R1000 bail each.

….”I was the sixth victim to be called that night. She told me I had to see the big initiation and after we entered the main house, accused two asked me to enter inside a dark room.

“When I refused, she pushed me inside, closed the door, locking me inside with a male person. She did not enter but remained outside,” she said.

The girl testified the man inside gave her a cup of water to drink. He then told her never to tell anyone what was going to happen next.

“Although it was dark inside, I could feel he was naked on top and covered with a cloth at the bottom, because I touched and felt him. Using his hand, he removed my panties, climbed on top of me and raped me,” she said.

The girl testified she had been at the initiation school since June 2012.

“My parents wanted to remove me from this initiation school but accused two (Khoza) refused. We were forced to fetch firewood guarded by two people.”…. http://www.timeslive.co.za/local/2015/03/04/rape-den-initiation-school-branded-girls-with-hot-irons-testimony

Downing Street accused of cover-up over senior aide Patrick Rock’s arrest on child abuse images allegations

March 8, 2014 Comments Off on Downing Street accused of cover-up over senior aide Patrick Rock’s arrest on child abuse images allegations

Downing Street accused of cover-up over senior aide Patrick Rock’s arrest on child abuse images allegations

Adam Withnall
Wednesday 05 March 2014

David Cameron has been accused of a cover-up after one of his most senior aides was arrested on suspicion of possessing child abuse images.

Patrick Rock, who had been working on a Downing Street policy committee for internet pornography filters, was reportedly told he was under investigation for possessing the images a number of hours before his arrest on 13 February.

He then quietly resigned, and the matter only came to light when officials at Number 10 were questioned about it directly on Monday.

According to a Labour MP the delay has the appearance of a “cover-up” – and the fact that Mr Rock was given advance warning of the allegations was a Government “interfer[ence] with the justice system”.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister has confirmed Downing Street was first made aware of the alleged offence regarding child abuse imagery on the evening of 12 February.

But speaking in the West Midlands yesterday, Mr Cameron defended the position his office had taken.

“I don’t think it would be right to pre-emptively brief out a criminal investigation and that’s why we did not do that,” he said….

Local attorney charged in world wide pedophile ring, chat room had 70,000 members

October 17, 2013 Comments Off on Local attorney charged in world wide pedophile ring, chat room had 70,000 members

Local attorney charged in world wide pedophile ring
Dave Culbreth Oct. 12, 2013

CAPE CORAL, Fla. – Investigators from several places around the world say former Cape Coral attorney Rex Powell was the leader of a ring which had a chat room called BoyLover.net which had 70,000 members until it was shut down. The investigation started five years ago but until they arrested all 184 men the court documents were sealed, until Friday….

Powell was a lawyer based in Southwest Florida from 2007 until he was arrested in late 2011. “He was well respected, had a good clientle, appeared to be an up and coming lawyer,” added Pepper.

According to documents obtained by FOX4 from Federal Court in Indianapolis investigators, “recovered videos and stills depicting a boy who was between 22 months old and 5 years old engaged in sex acts with John Rex Powell.”

Powell was known in local circles simply as “Rex”. The documents go on to say, “there are images and videos of Powell engaged in sexual acts in Florida, California, France and Australia.”….

Powell is one of the three main men. Of the other two, one has already been sentenced to 40 years in prison. FOX4 is told Powell is working on a plea agreement and is set for trial in federal court in Indianapolis later this month….


UK: 2 Arrested After Twitter Child Abuse Probe

August 14, 2012 Comments Off on UK: 2 Arrested After Twitter Child Abuse Probe

UK: 2 Arrested After Twitter Child Abuse Probe

LONDON August 12, 2012 (AP)

British police say they have arrested a man and a woman in relation to a probe into child abuse on Twitter.

Metropolitan Police say the pair, both in their 40s, have been released to return in November pending further questioning. They were arrested at a London apartment Friday.

Police took action after receiving information from the Sunday Mirror newspaper, which carried out a probe into sex offenders operating on the social media network.

The tabloid reported that it found 200 Twitter users who openly expressed interest in sexual images of children, and that it passed on its findings to the Metropolitan Police’s unit tackling pedophiles.

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