Athens man arrested over child pornography

Hundreds of shocking videos showing children as young as 1 year old being sexually and physically abused were discovered by Electronic Crimes Squad officers in the home of a 49-year-old man in the northern Athenian suburb of Nea Philadelphia on Thursday.

Squad officers traced the suspect to his Athens home through his IP address during a lengthy investigation, conducting a raid on the property in conjunction with police, who took the 49-year-old into custody.

Investigators seized two internal and two external hard drives from the man’s home, which were found to contain hundreds of videos of a graphic and violent nature featuring young children.

Electronic crimes officers believe the man had a broad network of «clients» in several countries, while they will continue examining the videos to ascertain whether they were shot in Greece or elsewhere.

The suspect was due to face a prosecutor on Friday on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography.