the national segment of the Internet police officers of the Office for
Combating cybercrime of MIA of Ukraine
region found on one of the known sites an announcement of the sale of child
pornography. Through a series of investigative and operational activities
intruder was detained and informed of the suspicion of committing a crime.
- At one of the sites in the section “sales of video
and audio products”, our employees have found advertisements of the sale of CDs
with pornography created by involving children, for 100 UAH
apiece, - says the head of Office Andriy Nebytov. We have conducted a computer search that allowed
us to establish a person involved in the commitment of said offense. The intruder
was a resident of Poltava region and he placed
his announcement of the sale of pornography, created with the participation of
children, not only in his own region but also in three other regions of Ukraine including Donetsk and Kyiv.
A young man, after wire transfer to his credit card of
a certain amount that is usually made 100 UAH, provided
customer with a password to access the archive of pornography or with a CD
already recorded porno videos. The police have current information about
several transactions on credit card of the suspect. According to Andriy Nebytov, police have to
establish all persons who had contact with the suspect.
The suspect was detained by Donetsk
police officers early in the morning near his home in Poltava. During sanctioned search in his
dwelling police seized his computer and digital carriers with files containing signs
of child pornography totalling about 5 gigabytes, and other data that confirm
his criminal activities. All seized items were sent for computer and technical examination
to qualify the crime.
Currently, suspect is charged with part 4, Art. 301 of
the Criminal Code of Ukraine - "importation, manufacture, sale,
distribution of works, images or other items of a pornographic nature, that
contain child pornography." This section provides penalties of 5 to 10
years in prison. It is possible that his actions will be reclassified to part 5
of the same article (actions committed repeatedly or by prior agreement of a
group of people), and this provides penalties from 7 to 12 years imprisonment.
20-year-old guy says he did not know that his actions
break the law and he wonted "simply" to make money. He lives with his
mother and a 4-year-old sister, the income of the family is small and he could
not find a job.
According to colonel of police Nebytov,
investigators will do a great deal of work since one needs to get the answers
to many questions: where the shooting was held - in this country or abroad,
whether the suspect was involved in performing these shooting; it will be
checked his way of life, the circle of friendly relations, with whom he communicated.
It is necessary to identify the participants in all filming both children and
adults who committed violence against them.
We fully understand that it is not
"cartoons". Behind of each slide or video there is an abuse of young
children aged 1 year and older. So we will put a maximum of efforts to
establish the physical location of these materials and bring the perpetrators
to justice. During the preliminary investigation, we will invite foreign
counterparts to cooperate.