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Police warn parents to be on the alert for pornographic traps on the Internet

Attica security police officials are warning parents to protect their children from certain Internet sites after a 21-year-old man was arrested in Skala, Laconia, this week for setting up and operating a website containing pornographic photographs of children aged 7-17. The site was discovered by an officer from the Juvenile Protection Squad during an investigation into new forms of crime against children; the owner of the site was found two weeks later. The man, who called himself «Mitsos the Best» but whose name has not been released, was from a well-to-do family but dropped out of school after repeating his second year of high school five times. However, he did have a talent for computers and spent much of his time in front of a screen. He told police he had created the site himself. Police seized two computer processors, a large number of CD-ROMs and floppy disks containing pornographic material, and a starter’s gun. Police said the man had published about 3,000 pornographic photographs, which he had downloaded from similar websites abroad. The site also served as a chat room for people seeking sexual partners. Police say cases such as these are on the increase and pose a threat to children who could could fall victim to sexual abuse via these sites or become exposed to unconventional sexual practices. The undulation of an upside-down Greek flag at the top of Lycabettus Hill for several hours yesterday morning was later described as «an unfortunate incident» by the army which said it would severely punish the two conscripts responsible for the blunder. The flag was correctly repositioned at noon, the army said.