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North Cork 'teen porn' alarm highlights the dangers of Internet

NO 'CRIME' BUT GARDA PROBE STILL ONGOING

BILL BROWNE

Published 31/05/2012 | 12:14

A SENIOR garda has warned young people about the dangers of uploading images onto the internet.

His warning came after a graphic picture of a girl, believed to be from the North Cork area, appeared on an internet porn site.

The picture was immediately taken down once authorities were informed of the situation, leading to widespread speculation about the identity of the girl and how the image made its way onto the worldwide web.

Superintendent Mick Comyns, based in Fermoy, said that the situation was not helped by inaccurate reporting of the situation in some sections of the media.

"Certainly, we would say that the incident has been blown out of all proportion," said Supt Comyns.

"As far as we can make out, there is no criminal offence to investigate at this point. Unless new information comes to light we are essentially powerless to act.

"That said, from our point of view, the issue is not closed," he added.

He did say that the issue should act as a salutary lesson to young people about what can happen to images that have been randomly posted on the web.

"People, in particular teenagers, need to be extremely careful with images. It is difficult to regulate the internet and as this case has shown people can never be quite sure where this images going and how they are being used," said Supt Comyns.

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