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Four men arrested, one in Gran Canaria, for sharing child pornography 

National Police have detained four men, including one in the Canaries, for distributing child pornography in images and videos.

Among those arrested is a sexagenarian who created a profile on a social network, posing as a teenager, with the aim of contacting minors.

Another of the suspects had encrypted files to try and thwart investigators.

The four men were arrested in Madrid, Guadalajara, Valladolid and Las Palmas as part of an operation carried out in collaboration with the North American Security Research Department (HSI).

They tipped off Spanish poilice last September after several people were located in Spain sharing child pornography through a well-known internet portal.

The man in his 60s, who was retired, was living in Madrid and was found to be in possession of child pornography. His fake profile on the social network to make friends with teenagers with a view to meeting them was also discovered, with a police spokesman commenting: “Thanks to the rapid police investigation, these contacts were prevented from taking place in physical acts of harassment.”

In Guadalajara, a 20-year-old man was arrested who had encrypted the illegal files to avoid being discovered if he was the subject of an investigation.

Another 20-year-old man, detained in Valladolid, kept the child pornographic material in the cloud, since he shared the computer with the rest of his family. The last man arrested in Las Palmas, aged 41, had pornographic images of children between ten and 16 years of age.

“The operation is still open for the purpose of identifying the minor victims as protagonists of the archives,” say the police. “For this, the agents are carrying out an exhaustive analysis of all the material found in the four registers, where they intervened: two computers, four mobile phones, a USB memory and an internal hard disc.”