The Civil Guard locates and detains the author of 45 crimes of sexual abuse of minors

The detainee used web portals aimed at minors to contact the victims whom he later threatened to obtain material with sexual content

12 victims of these sexual abuse have been located with ages between 13 and 15 years

The detainee has been investigated for the crimes of sexual abuse, sexual assault, corruption of minors and dissemination of pornography among minors

The Civil Guard within the framework of the “Archain” operation has arrested a 22-year-old man in the town of Bilbao (Vizcaya), as the alleged perpetrator of crimes of sexual abuse, sexual assault, corruption of minors and dissemination of pornography among minors committed to 12 minors between 13 and 15 years old residing in the provinces of Navarra, Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa, Álava, the Balearic Islands, Seville, Tarragona, Zaragoza and Barcelona.

The detainee is considered the author of 12 crimes of sexual abuse of minors, 9 crimes of sexual assault of minors under 16 years of age, since it is considered proven that the detainee subjected the victims to serious intimidation, 12 crimes of corruption of minors , by requiring them to perform certain explicit sexual acts and 12 crimes of spreading pornography among minors, since it was also possible to prove that the files that the detainee received from the minors, were in turn distributed among other minors in order to obtain new material .

Report of one of the victims

The Civil Guard began the investigations thanks to a complaint filed at the Citizen Services Office of the Civil Guard of Navarra, for a minor age, which was being threatened by a man who had already sent several photos and a nude video, and that he threatened to report her if she did not send him more images.

The agents in charge of the investigation were able to identify the detainee, who had contacted the victim on a web page designed to randomly and anonymously chat live with strangers from the age of 13. This portal is usually used by minors.

In this first contact, the detainee posed as a 15-year-old young man, who, after having a brief conversation, asked the victim for the telephone number, in order to continue speaking through a telephone messaging application, since when he closed the chat would have no way to communicate again because they are anonymous.

Request for photos via mobile

The victim provided her with her mobile phone and began to receive messages from the detainee, with whom she continued to talk normally, until she asked him to send her a nude photo, threatening her, if she did not agree to send the photograph. After the victim agrees to send the first photograph, the detainee requests more graphic material, increasing the threats by uploading the photograph received to social networks.

From the analysis of the detainee's mobile phone, it was possible to obtain the full chat between him and the minor complainant, as well as the files exchanged. At the same time, it was possible to verify how there were more chats with other minors on that phone, whom he also extorted to get them to send him intimate photos.

The Civil Guard investigators identified and located 11 new minors residing in the provinces of Vizcaya, Guipúzcoa, Álava, the Balearic Islands, Seville, Tarragona, Zaragoza and Barcelona, ​​who had also been victims of the detainee.

The operation has been developed by the Organic Unit of the Judicial Police of the Civil Guard of the Command of Navarra.

For more information, please contact the Peripheral Communication Office (O.P.C) of the Civil Guard of Navarra, Tel. 948-296850, ext. 45200/636220642.

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