Paedophile nabbed thanks to stuffed toy

2012-08-07 20:09

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Lyon - A Dutch nursery paedophile was unmasked thanks to a stuffed rabbit visible in photos on an Interpol abuse database, the global policing body said on Tuesday.

Days after US officials added images of the sexual abuse of an 18-month-old to Interpol's International Child Sexual Exploitation (ICSE) database, the photos caught the eye of a Dutch agent.

"A specialist Dutch police officer who is member of Interpol's victim identification network in The Netherlands identified a stuffed bunny in the photo as 'Miffy', a character in Dutch children's books," the Lyon-based body said in a statement.

The toy rabbit, along with other elements of the photo, allowed Dutch police to identify The Netherlands as the backdrop to the abuse.

After they issued a public appeal on national television, they managed to identify and arrest Robert Mikelsons for the crime.

He has since been sentenced to 18 years jail for abusing more than 60 children, some only a few months old, at two Amsterdam nurseries and while working as a babysitter, Interpol said.

The case showed the importance of the database, which includes photos connected to almost 2 500 abuse victims from 41 countries, the body added.

"This is a classic example of what can be accomplished when law enforcement consult international databases and use tools and services available via Interpol globally," said secretary general Ronald K Noble.

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