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November 13, 2012
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COPS WARN ABOUT CHILD PORNO PHOTO
Crystal Harrison, Staff Reporter

The police are advising the public that persons who continue to circulate a photo via BlackBerry and social media of a child performing a sex act on a man can be charged.

Yesterday, many persons were seen circulating the disturbing picture for the first time on social networking websites and on BlackBerry Messenger. The picture shows a child being molested by an adult.

However, THE STAR understands that under the Child Pornography (Prevention) Act, the production, possession, importation, exportation and distribution of child pornography and the use of children for child pornography is an offence.

Offenders may receive up to 20 years imprisonment and fined the maximum $500,000.

In a release yesterday, the police said that they were aware of the disturbing photograph, and wanted to assure members of the public that steps are being taken to ascertain the authenticity of the image as well as its origin.

Meanwhile, late yesterday, our news team was told that the photograph originated from Trinidad and Tobago. However, a source from one of the newspaper companies in the twin-island republic told THE STAR that he is unaware of that information.

Africa

According to the source, that photograph was sent to him from a contact in Nigeria, Africa.

"That photograph was being circulated all day on Blackberry Messenger yesterday, and its the first time I am seeing it. I doubt it's from here," the source told THE STAR.

Meanwhile, the cops say they are appealing to anyone who may have seen the image and who may be able to identify the child to make contact with Crime Stop at 311 or 811, the Centre for the Investigation of Sexual Offences and Child Abuse (CISOCA) at 926-6538, police 119 emergency number or the nearest police station.

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