Paedophile nabbed thanks to stuffed toy

2012-08-07 20:09

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.

  • squeegee.pilot - 2012-08-07 20:34

    Great work! Nail them all.

      chaplinncharlie - 2012-08-07 21:50

      Can we get a picture of Miffy please??? 18 years is nothing if you think about. 60 kids some of them babies. I think a Bullet through the head would be appropriate sentence..

      mo.matt.14 - 2012-08-08 09:48

      A bullet is too quick and painless... He must suffer, as these poor abused kids will suffer for the rest of their lives. Scum!

  • TheTimMorris - 2012-08-07 20:48

    18 years? It should be life without the remotest chance of parole at the very least. In 18 years (probably less for "good behaviour") he'll be out and picking up where he left off. Hopefully the other inmates will find out what he's in for and terminate his desires for good.

      julie.j.vanrensburg - 2012-08-08 08:30

      Nah - not just 18 years - firstly castrate him with a blunt saw in public, brand him on the forehead with the word PAEDOPHILE and then let him loose, and only once the public has finished with him,throw him in the darkest, deepest dungeon for the rest of his useless life, if there is still life left in him...

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-08-07 21:19

    5litres of Concentrated hydrochloric acid on the balls life in prison would have done magic on him instead of the 18yrs!

  • Brilliant Sibisi - 2012-08-07 21:21

    5litres of Concentrated hydrochloric acid on the balls life in prison would have done magic on him instead of the 18yrs!

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-08-07 21:35

    even if it was only 1 victim of a few months old, he should have got death. dirty b@stard!

  • isabel.ashe.7 - 2012-08-07 22:34

    18 years not long to say in JAIL... He must get Life...

  • liandra.greyson - 2012-08-08 07:26

    18 years is to light a sentence for the monster, they should hang him on the nearest tree!!

  • Jane - 2012-08-08 09:26

    This is good police work, maybe our own SAPS can also start thinking out of the box when conducting investigations.

  • Hemlock - 2012-08-08 10:26

    Cut his pecker off and lock him away in a maximum security prison where he can be wife to all the inmates for the rest of his miserable, pathetic, perverted life.

  • charmaine.hoffmann.1 - 2012-08-08 12:27

    Pity that we cannot send all criminals to some volcanic island in the ocean as far away from any land as possible and let them loose on one another, surely it would solve the worlds problems!!! If only!!!

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