Police shattered a global Internet pedophile ring, rescuing 31 children and rounding up more than 700 suspects worldwide, authorities said on June 18, 2007.
The Child Exploitation and Online Protection Center said that about 200 suspects are based in Britain. The ring was traced to an Internet chat room called “Kids the Light of Our Lives,” that featured images of children being subjected to horrific sexual abuse - including in videos.
Police rescued 31 children, some of them as young as a few months. More than 15 of the children were in Britain.
The investigation involves agencies from 35 countries and lasted ten months.
The host of the website, 27-year-old Timothy David Martyn Cox, of Buxhall, who used the online identity “Son of God,” admitted to nine counts of possessing and distributing indecent images, authorities said.
Officials said after his arrest in September 2006, authorities infiltrated the chat room and collected evidence on the other members.
On a local level, Kentucky’s Attorney General Greg Stumbo recently announced that his office has identified 22 Kentucky sex offenders who are myspace.com users. This is in addition to the 68 convicted sex offenders that myspace.com identified and provided to the state on May 24.
Names have been turned over to county probation departments and the State Department of Corrections.