NEWS

Police raids on pedophile ring

After months of investigation, the police’s electronic crime squad has arrested 18 suspected members of a particularly hardcore child pornography ring and is seeking another 159 people in 43 different Greek cities. Two of the 18 suspects in custody had been of particular concern to police, as one was living next door to a private school and playground. The other suspect has been charged with sexual harassment of minors in the past and had in his possession an electronic database containing the personal details of at least 600 young girls – information he tapped from the victims’ profiles on social-networking websites. Officers have conducted dozens of raids on homes in several cities, including 72 virtually simultaneous raids on homes in Attica, and are planning many more. Already officers have confiscated countless hard drives and disks and are now examining some 211 gigabytes of information for further leads. The dozens of additional suspects being sought include teachers, businessmen and armed forces officers.