The number of child sex abuse image offences being recorded by police has risen by almost a quarter, new figures have revealed as the government threatens to regulate web giants if they do not crack down on the phenomenon. Offences included taking, distributing and possessing indecent images of children. This is the last chance saloon for social networks on whose platforms this abuse is often taking place. The home secretary has called on technology firms to treat child sex abuse images with the same severity as terrorist propaganda and accused some of refusing to take the issue seriously. Social networks are being used to groom children into sending naked images of themselves that are then passed onwards, sometimes for huge profit, the charity said. A single offence recorded by police can involve hundreds of indecent images of children. Last month an NSPCC survey of 40, young people revealed an average of one in 50 schoolchildren had sent a nude or semi-clothed image to an adult. Officials say the rise in recorded crimes does not necessarily reflect a higher prevalence of sexual abuse images, and could be partly explained by better reporting by web companies, police recording, more proactive investigations and greater awareness.
DETROIT -- A Catholic priest who worked at a Detroit high school was sentenced to 12 years in prison Tuesday after he pleaded guilty to transporting child porn to Chicago and admitted to sexually assaulting a former student. Kurtz, who was brought in the courtroom Tuesday shackled and handcuffed, read a statement before Judge Mark Goldsmith, saying he was "deeply sorry" for his actions. Some of my victims have names that are known to me. I am guilty of capturing images of them for my perverse pleasure. The damage I've done must be borne by them for time to come. I accept full responsibility for betraying them. Before handing down a month prison sentence, Goldsmith said Kurtz's crime victimized children, who are an especially vulnerable population. That number is chilling enough. Some of these victims were not nameless unknowns, but persons, young people who interacted with the defendant. The defendant violated, in terrible ways, the safety and sense of security that every child has the right to enjoy.
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An HIV-positive former Mountie has been sentenced to just over three years in prison for sexually assaulting a year-old boy and distributing child porn that detectives described as some of the worst they'd ever seen. Warren Robert Allen, 53, was arrested in after he sent an undercover officer 6, graphic images of children -- including infants -- being sexually assaulted and tortured by adult men. After police searched Allen's Vancouver home and examined his computer, they also discovered evidence that he had lured a teen boy to his home to have unprotected sex with him and another HIV-positive man. Crown prosecutors had asked for Allen to serve as long as six years for the sexual assault and up to four years for the child porn charges, with both sentences to be served consecutively.
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