Warning of link between downloading and child sex attacks

People who download child abuse images pose a risk of committing sex attacks on children, says a specialist police child protection unit. The UK’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) centre wants police to prioritise those caught with such images, who have access to children. Its report said internet images are becoming more extreme and sadistic. This comes after a committee of MPs heard child sexual exploitation was taking place “all over the country”. Despite the increasing extremity of the nature of abusive images available online, the severity and number of images held by offenders are not enough alone to assess the risk they pose or the sentence they should receive, the report said…

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