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US Citizen Arrested In Hyderabad For Circulating Child Porn

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Telengeina police on Tuesday arrested a 42-year-old US citizen in Hyderabad for circulating thousands of child pornography videos on various social media websites.

The arrested James Kirk Jones from New Jersey in the US was working as linguistic expert for a MNC law firm in the city since 2012. He was residing in a flat at Madhapur area of the city.

 He was nabbed by the cyber crime wing of Telangana CID after he was found downloading and uploading child pornography.

The cyber-crime wing of Telangana police received information from Interpol a few days ago that illegal child pornography was being circulated from a particular IP address. The CID after registering a case under Section 67A&B of Information Technology Act, 2000, started the investigation.

The IP address was traced to Mr Jones’s home in Madhapur, a suburb of Hyderabad, after which cops started watching the activities of the accused to see if he was also abusing children physically. The accused foreigner was searched and a large number of child pornographic material was found from his possession. He was arrested on Tuesday.

According to the police, the American citizen was downloading and uploading child pornography in the form of videos and images. A laptop containing 29,288 videos and images, 490 Giga Tribe profiles and 24 twitter handlers/profiles sharing child pornography, an external hard drive containing adult pornography and also an i-Phone containing adult pornography, were seized, the police said.

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During investigation, he confessed that he developed the tendency to watch child pornography from his childhood in the US, and has been downloading, watching and sharing such material ever since. The investigators said, “He maintained that he got addicted to it eventually. So much so that, while being in Hyderabad he could not go to bed without watching child porn.”

The accused met a person through whom he secured a child porn video clip in the beginning. Slowly, they formed into a group and began sharing such obscene videos.

“The group had 497 members apparently hailing from different countries,” crime Investigation Department (CID) Additional SP Ukkalam Rammohan explained. Some of them were even sharing those videos through their twitter handles.

The accused was living in Hyderabad for the past 5 years. He was not a lawyer but his work in the law firm was mainly to ensure proper words were used in the legal documents. He would work mostly during the nights and take rest during day time. “Only one maid used to work in his flat. She said that he never misbehaved with her any time,” the investigators said.

He was produced to court yesterday and remanded in judicial custody. If convicted, he might face up to five years imprisonment. Jones family lives in New Jersey. The police said they will inform the US consulate officials about the arrest. CID is carrying out further investigation about his activities in India and a special investigation has also been initiated to identify the twitter handlers and profiles to check the Indian connection.

Abhisikta Ganguly
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