Police Bust Huge Global Pedophile Ring

31 children, babies rescued; chatroom showed live video of sexual abuse
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2007 5:04 AM CDT
Police Bust Huge Global Pedophile Ring
This is an image released by Britain's Suffolk Police Constabulary on Monday June 18, 2007 of Timothy David Martyn Cox, who was convicted of possessing and distributing indecent images and was handed an indeterminate jail sentence Monday at Ipswich Crown Court, in eastern England. Police shattered...   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – Detectives in 36 countries have busted a global pedophile ring, rescuing 31 young children and babies who were sexually abused live on the Internet, and identifying 700 suspects. "You could go and if you were in the club, arrange a time and a place when online you could view a child being raped and brutalized in real time," said a British investigator.

The 27-year-old ringleader, Timothy David Martyn Cox, ran a chatroom called "Kids the Light of our Lives" from his bedroom in his parents' farmhouse in Suffolk, England. After Cox's arrest last September, police assumed his online identity—Son of God— and took over the chatroom for 10 days, collecting evidence on pedophiles who shared images and streaming video of sexual abuse. (Read more pedophile stories.)

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