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German police break child abuse ring

Police in Germany have uncovered a paedophile ring, and eight suspects are being investigated, including three in Switzerland.

This content was published on July 29, 2009 - 19:53

The police in the German town of Gotha announced on Wednesday that a probe into the case of a local man uncovered a trail that led to Switzerland.

The suspect admitted to taking a boy with him several times to Switzerland where he visited a compatriot he got to know via the internet.

According to his testimony, the two men abused the child as well as the man in Switzerland's seven-year-old son.

The police identified the seven-year-old as the boy pictured in 500 pornographic images made available on the internet.

The two men are suspected of having close contact with other paedophiles.

The unmarried German from Gotha had already been found guilty of child abuse in 2005, and was given a two-year suspended sentence.

The Swiss Federal Police Office would not confirm the details, only saying it involved an ongoing international investigation, according to the Associated Press news agency.

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