Investigators have arrested a 43-year-old from Lower Saxony for the serious sexual abuse of children and the distribution of child pornography. According to a press release from the Central Office for Combating Cybercrime and Cloppenburg police, the man sexually abused a child at least 15 times and uploaded pictures and videos of the assault to darkweb forums.
An investigation of the uploaded content by the Central Office for Combating Cybercrime (Attorney General in Frankfurt) led to a late September raid at the man’s house, a seizure of his electronics, and a temporary detention.
The accused is from the district of Cloppenburg in Lower Saxony, Germany. The man is accused of sexually abusing a nine-year-old child in at least 15 separate instances in 2014. He already photographed and filmed the assaults and uploaded the content to child pornography forums on the darkweb.
During the search of his home last Thursday, German authorities secured evidence such as computers and data storage devices. The suspect was arrested and presented on Friday to the magistrate at the District Court in Cloppenburg. Later, an arrest warrant was confirmed at the District Court in Giessen. The man has since been in custody. Authorities revealed that the suspect has been under investigation since May 2018.