Paedophile nabbed thanks to stuffed toy

2012-08-07 20:09

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

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.
Read more on:    interpol  |  the netherlands  |  child abuse
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
13 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Inside News24

 
/News

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Save up to 40% on outdoor accessories!

Tents, sleeping, day packs and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Month End Madness Sale!

Save up to 60% on across a wide range of goods from books to electronics, DVDs and many more. Sale end 31 January 2015. Shop now!

Valentine’s Day gifts – 14 Feb!

Gifts to spoil him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

30% off fragrances

Get 30% off fragrances for him and her. While stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off All Textbooks

Save up to 30% off an extensive range of prescribed textbooks for all major universities and FET colleges. Shop Now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

It is easy to get bogged down by things today. The Taurus Moon highlights the comforts and pleasures of life. You may have the...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.