Carlow address searched in Garda operation targeting suspects in distributing child pornography

Searches have been carried out in eleven counties across the country

Darren Hassett

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The searches took place between February 1 and 4

A Carlow address has been searched as part of Operation Ketch 5 which targets suspects involved in the possession and distribution of child pornography. 

Operation Ketch 5 is the latest phase of an on-going search and recovery operation targeting suspects involved in the possession and distribution of Child Exploitation Material (Child Pornography) either through Social Network sites or via File Sharing Networks. 

The Online Child Exploitation Unit (OnCE) at the Garda National Protection Services Bureau is leading out the Operation.

This phase of the operation took place between February 1 and 4 of 2019 and involved searches under warrant issued pursuant to the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998 in a number of Garda Division throughout the country.

Liaison is being maintained with the Child & Family Agency regarding any child protection concerns that arise.

Warrants to search have been executed at 23 addresses nationwide - including one address in Carlow - pursuant to the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act 1998.

The searches were conducted by the Online Child Exploitation Unit and the newly established Divisional Protection Service Units and local Detective Units.

Searches have been carried out in eleven counties across the country. Follow up searches are anticipated to be carried out in the next few days.

Digital material has been seized for forensic examination at all addresses searched.

Liaison is being maintained with the Child & Family Agency regarding any child protection concerns that arise.

The objectives of this operation are to:

• Identify Child Protection concerns at each address and engage with the Child & Family Agency.
• Target persons suspected of possessing, importing and distributing online Child Abuse Material (Child Pornography).