Man convicted of child porn offences thanks to British undercover operation

A 54-year-old man from the Brussels municipality of Sint-Jans-Molenbeek has been given a 30-month prison sentence, 12 months of which suspended, for the possession and distribution of child pornography. His collection was discovered after he was detained in an undercover operation by police in England.

The man was found to be in possession of 3,500 photographs and videos featuring the sexual abuse of children aged between 2 and 18 years. He was arrest in 2015 in the English county of Kent. Police had lured him to a location where he thought that he was going to be able to sexually abuse a 7-year-old girl.

The British police had carried out an undercover operation in which a police officer had pretended to be a mother that was looking for paedophiles to have sex with her child. After several chat sessions, the man from Brussels accepted what he believed to be the mother’s invitation to abuse her daughter. Little did he know that chat sessions and the invitation were nothing more than a trap designed to catch child sex predators like himself.

Unlike in the UK, police operations involving entrapment are not allow in Belgium. However, the arrest of the man by police in Kent led police here to search a storage facility used by the man in the Flemish Brabant municipality of Ternat. It was there that the child pornography was found.   

The man had asked some of his colleagues to clear the hard disks of the computes that were in the storage facility in Ternat. However, rather than complying they told the police. The police found several hard disks containing child porn.