Monday 19 August 2019

'Child sex doll' found during series of Operation Ketch raids by gardaí

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Allison Bray

A child-like sex doll was seized by gardaí as part of a crackdown on child pornography as raids were carried out across six counties this week.

The disturbing sex doll was found when officers carried out raids at 14 addresses as part of Operation Ketch.

Search warrants were executed at seven premises in Dublin, as well as two each in counties Cork and Waterford. Other single raids took place in counties Meath, Monaghan and Galway between Monday and yesterday.

Officers obtained search warrants from district courts under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.

Raids were then conducted by members of the Divisional Protection Service Units and detective units.

Gardaí came away with digital material as well as computer hard drives, laptops and phones that will now be forensically examined.

A Garda spokesman said gardaí will now go over the seized material and follow-up searches will be carried out.

"Arrests are expected as individual investigations progress," said a statement from the Garda press office last night.

Meanwhile, gardaí are continuing to liaise with the child and family agency Tusla over any child protection issues that may have arisen.

"An Garda Síochána wishes to reassure the community, through operations such as this and other ongoing work by the Online Child Exploitation Unit, that we will relentlessly pursue those involved in the possession, importation and distribution of child abuse material," the statement read.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward and contact their local Garda station or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.

The raids are part of an ongoing operation that began in February 2018.

Irish Independent

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