June 18, 2007
Monday British authorities, with assistance from the U.S., broke up a global website pedophile ring involving 35 countries including the U.S.
The case involves a chat room called "Kids: The Light of Our Lives," where authorities say thousands of images of children being sexually abused were being exchanged. So far hundreds of suspects have been arrested worldwide.
Monday, British police arrested the suspected leader of the website, 28-year-old Martin Cox, who officials say ran the site under the screen name 'Son of God.' Giving predators thousands of pictures to choose from of kids being sexually abused.
After investigating authorities collected evidence on members from 35 countries including the U.S. and so far 31 children, some only a few months old, have been rescued from harm.
"There were images there from everything from sexual abuse of babies through to teenagers" said Senior Investigator Ian Robertson.
Authorities say they hope to save more children in the coming weeks and expect hundreds more suspects to be arrested.
And as for Cox, he has been sent straight to jail. A judge ruled that he would be locked up indefinitely because he's considered a danger to the public. He has been charged with nine offenses relating to the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.