French police arrest most-wanted ‘darknet’ pedophile suspect


French prosecutors said Monday that police had arrested a man suspected of operating pedophilia sites on secret “darknet” internet networks that provide pornographic videos and photos to thousands of people around the world.

Prosecutors described the 40-year-old woman arrested near the southwestern city of Bordeaux on July 7 as “one of the top 10 most wanted targets” by authorities fighting child sex crimes worldwide.

Bordeaux prosecutor Frederique Porterie said the suspect also appeared to have taken “an active role in the production of photos and videos of child pornography.”

After being questioned, he was also charged with the incestuous rape of a minor and the incestuous sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy, Porterie said.

The suspect admitted the charges against him, he added.

French police and investigators from his specialized anti-violence agency worked together with the EU’s Europol police agency.

The suspect posted the images on the so-called “dark network” of websites that can only be accessed with specific software or authorizations, ensuring anonymity for users.



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