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Thursday 26 April 2018

Fathers on paedophile 'sting' list

Shane Phelan

Shane Phelan

A RESEARCHER says some of the suspected Irish paedophiles identified in a major international sting operation gave off the appearance of being unremarkable family men.

Three Irish men, two of whom are fathers, freely divulged personal information online while propositioning what they believed was a 10-year-old Filipino girl to perform sexual acts on a webcam.

Their names are among 1,000 contained in a dossier handed to Interpol by children's rights charity Terre des Hommes following the sting operation.

The men thought they were talking online to a young girl called Sweetie, when in fact they were communicating with a computer-generated image controlled by researchers.

One of the researchers, who asked not to be named, said the suspected Irish paedophiles tried to give off the impression they were "ordinary guys".

"There was nothing particularly interesting about them," he said, adding: "We recorded it all – all of the identifying information."

Gardai are now waiting to receive the identities of the men from Interpol and have pledged to investigate their activities.

Irish Independent

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