attracted younger girls to social media and posted videos and photos of child pornography. A 40-year-old man from northern Italy identified and arrested –

Following an important investigative activity, initiated by the Postal Police in September 2020 and concluded in November 2021, the Bari District Prosecutor’s Office collected significant evidence that led to a conviction, in the first degree sentence and , therefore, not definitive, in the comparisons of a man of about forty years, living in the north of Italyconvicted of the crimes of sexual violence with the aggravating factor of substitution of persons, child pornography, possession of personal child pornography material. In the abbreviated sentence, recognizing the continuity of cohesion in the commission of crimes, the GUP said on June 7 sentenced the defendant to six years and two months in prison and a fine of 40,000 euros in addition to the accessory penalty of disqualification for public office and for any office that involves guardianship, curatorship, support administration or teaching relationship in contact with minors.

Since November 2021, the accused has been detained in prison, precisely because of the danger found during the phase of the investigative activity that revealed a series of activities of seduction, of sexual violence and possession of child pornography, to the detriment of four underage girls. Investigations began in September 2020, when the Foggia Postal Police received a complaint from a parent you found in your cloud (linked to the email account shared with daughter of only 12 years), self-produced images with sexually explicit content.

In close connection with the Prosecutor’s Office of the Juvenile Court of Bari, it was discovered that the youngest had sent him intimate photos, at the request of her “virtual boyfriend” whom she had met on the well-known social network “Instagram”. He told him that, despite being from Milan, he lived in Rome, making him believe that he was a youth player of a well-known militant football team of Serie A, sending him a photograph of him in which he was represented with the shirt of the team. All the computer data of interest was then acquired, relating to the suspicious Instagram account that was constantly monitored: most of the “followers” and “followers” of the said profile were in fact girls under 18 years of age. which could degenerate into much more serious wrongdoing, the Bari court prosecutor’s office delved into investigating his “virtual” conduct.

Through the Postal Police, activities of technical electronic interception of the users in use by the suspect were initiated. This made it possible to verify that the same, using the same methods and posing as a youth player of a well-known Serie A football team, had attracted additional underage girls with whom he maintained a virtual relationship and from which God was sent self-produced videos and photos of a child pornography nature. In particular, with one of these girls, the suspect had gone far beyond mere “virtual knowledge.” In fact, wiretaps revealed a serious danger to the detainee, when he discovered that he had gone to the city of residence of the minor, he had initially persecuted and also photographed. In view of the seriousness of the evidence, the danger of the suspect making real serial requests to the harassment of possible victims, as well as the urgency of stopping the criminal activity, the Judicial Authority issued a decree house and personal search by the suspect. , carried out on time by Postal and Communications Police personnel in December 2020.

The result of the operations made it possible to find in the address book of the telephones used by the suspect, the users of four minors already identified. The seized devices were then “appraised” confirming the circumstantial sources already collected. The Public Prosecutor’s Office then proceeded to request an appropriate precautionary measure to avoid more serious consequences, so much so that the investigating judge issued a precautionary custody order in the prison, which was carried out on 04.11.2021 by staff. of the Section. of the Foggia Postal Police. The trend in the fight against child pornography marks a steady increase in cases, discovered by the Post and Communications Police due to the constant monitoring of the network, treatment of complaints and denunciations of the citizens, also received through the portal of the specialty (www.commissariatodips.it): this to identify the perpetrators of the criminal conduct and at the same time safeguard and protect the minors involved.

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