Men from Watford and Rickmansworth arrested after police launch covert operation targeting online sex offenders

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Two men from Watford and one from Rickmansworth have been arrested in a covert police operation targeting people accessing indecent images of children online.

The six-month operation to identify and prosecute sex offenders was kept secret until today to protect children and secure evidence.

Hertfordshire Constabulary used polygraph tests and tracked the activity of offenders to follow those who furthered the sexual abuse of children by downloading and sharing indecent images continues.

In total, seven men were arrested across the county as part of a national crackdown.

The men arrested are all currently on police bail having been questioned on suspicion of possession of indecent images.

A 27-year-old man from Watford has been bailed until July 25, a 63-year-old man from Watford has been bailed until November 12 and a 45-year-old man from Rickmansworth has been bailed until November 17.

Officers from the force's dedicated Child Online Safeguarding Team are investigating.

DCI Stuart Orton said: "Our work to tackle these crimes and bring offenders to justice is very much on-going and we are continually carrying out proactive operations.

"These offenders actively promote the continued sexual abuse of children by downloading and distributing indecent images.

"They may think they are ‘invisible’ because they are alone and online, but they are not and we will use every power available to us to target those involved and ultimately safeguard children within Hertfordshire and around the world.

"I would like to take this opportunity to encourage anyone who has any information about those who are committing these offences to contact officers in COST via the Herts Police non-emergency number 101."

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5:08pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Mad_Hat says...

To help make all this excellent effort seem worthwhile I hope the offenders get more of a suitable punishment than this guy from Croxley: http://www.watfordob
server.co.uk/news/10
689357.Child_porn_ad
dict_avoids_jail_by_
a__whisker_/
To help make all this excellent effort seem worthwhile I hope the offenders get more of a suitable punishment than this guy from Croxley: http://www.watfordob server.co.uk/news/10 689357.Child_porn_ad dict_avoids_jail_by_ a__whisker_/ Mad_Hat
  • Score: 4

9:02pm Wed 16 Jul 14

drunkenduck says...

Mad_Hat wrote:
To help make all this excellent effort seem worthwhile I hope the offenders get more of a suitable punishment than this guy from Croxley: http://www.watfordob

server.co.uk/news/10

689357.Child_porn_ad

dict_avoids_jail_by_

a__whisker_/
Agree. This country judges has gone fking soft on crime enforcement.

Then again, some of their own - judges / friends are to blame too.

But it's more disturbing that those people who should be protecting children, are the ones also abusing them too.
[quote][p][bold]Mad_Hat[/bold] wrote: To help make all this excellent effort seem worthwhile I hope the offenders get more of a suitable punishment than this guy from Croxley: http://www.watfordob server.co.uk/news/10 689357.Child_porn_ad dict_avoids_jail_by_ a__whisker_/[/p][/quote]Agree. This country judges has gone fking soft on crime enforcement. Then again, some of their own - judges / friends are to blame too. But it's more disturbing that those people who should be protecting children, are the ones also abusing them too. drunkenduck
  • Score: 3

3:05pm Thu 17 Jul 14

inside-watford says...

These people should be named and shamed, they should have no rights. I hate the thought that my children may be around these people will knowing who they are. Allowing the public to see who these people are may even bring more evidence to the table with previous unknown information.
These people should be named and shamed, they should have no rights. I hate the thought that my children may be around these people will knowing who they are. Allowing the public to see who these people are may even bring more evidence to the table with previous unknown information. inside-watford
  • Score: 1

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