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
NEXT ON NEWS24X

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

 
 
Traffic
Lottery
 
  • Thursday Table View - 07:10 AM
    Road name: Koeberg Road Northbound
    STATIONARY TRUCK in the right lane before Plattekloof Road
  • Thursday Langa - 07:08 AM
    Road name: N7 Vanguard Drive Northbound
    DELAYS between Govan Mbeki Road bridge and Jakkalsvlei Avenue
 
More traffic reports...
 

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Escape winter, head to Mauritius

Escape winter by spending 7 nights in Mauritius' tropical bliss from R13 215 per person sharing. Includes return flights, airport transfers and accommodation. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Get many eggs in one basket!

Gaming bundles: 2 Super Hits games for R99, 3 Disney games for R99 and more + exclusive accessory bundles only available on kalahari.com. While stocks last. Shop now!

25% off bestselling books!

The Real Meal Revolution by Tim Noakes, Jeffrey Archer’s Be Careful What You Wish for, Man’s Search for Meaning by Victor E. Frank and many more titles. Shop now!

Up to 25% off electronics

Buy top electronics and save up to 25%. Such as kalahari.com’s 1# selling product the gobii eReader, Patriot X Porter flash drive, Asus Nexus 7” 3G tablet, Samsung Galaxy SIII, Lenovo G580 Notebook and many more. Shop now!

DStv HD PVR Decoder now R949

The DStv HD PVR Decoder has further revolutionised the television experience with lifelike viewing, sharper images, more vibrant colours and precision picture quality. Now R949, save R550. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 30% off appliances & homeware

Save up to 30% on appliances and homeware this Easter! Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300

Keep it together Text. Email. Social. With all the different ways to...

From R1399.00

I'm shopping for:

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be required to travel or get information for your job. This may be restricting in some way or something may slow things...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.