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Published: Wednesday, 7/4/2012

Internet child pornography hunt nets 272 suspects in Austria

ASSOCIATED PRESS

VIENNA— Austrian police say they have identified 272 suspects in the country as part of an investigation of internet-based child pornography involving 141 nations.

Chief Inspector Harald Gremel says Austrian police were alerted by Luxembourg authorities after they found child pornography was being watched worldwide from several Luxembourg-based home pages.

Gremel told reporters Wednesday that all the suspects are male and come from all professions, including school and kindergarten teachers. Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner says they range in age from 17 to 70.

Police did not say whether investigations, which were conducted over months, were continuing outside of Austria.



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