The judicial police carried out a major sweep across France this week with the arrests of 48 men suspected of having downloaded and consulted massively pornographic photos and videos featuring children, AFP learned on Wednesday from a source close to the case.
The operation, coordinated by the Central Office for the Suppression of Violence against Persons (OCRVP), has mobilized several judicial police services in mainland France since Monday, explained this source, confirming information from France Info.
Local elected officials arrested
Among those placed in police custody, the youngest is 26 years old, the oldest is 79 years old. “It’s Mr. Everybody, there is no typical profile, unemployed, retired, working people,” according to the source. Local elected officials are also among those arrested.
For the time being, these men are suspected of consuming “illegal content from minors” but the police custody, carried out under the authority of several prosecutors, will have to determine if they have committed “more serious things”, such as assaults sexual or rape.