A 48-year-old man from the Jutland town of Randers is accused of running two websites that encouraged users to sexually abuse children and then share videos and photos of the attacks.
Public broadcaster DR reported that the man required members to regularly post proof of sexual abuse if they wanted to remain members of the two sites, ‘Hoarders Hell’ and ‘The Love Zone’.
The Danish National Police (Rigspolitiet) said that the 48-year-old is suspected of being one of the most active Danish paedophiles on the internet.
“As it looks now, we don’t believe that there are other Danish administrators [of the sites, ed.],” Flemming Kjærside, an inspector with Rigspolitiet’s National Cyber Crime Center, told DR.
Prosecutors say that in addition to running the online paedophilia ring, the man allegedly travelled to Romania with the intention to “buy or in some other way acquire an infant for the purposes of abusing the child sexually”.
When police arrested the man last year, investigators determined that he was responsible for uploading 3,696 photos and 116 videos of child pornography.
Kjærside said that the website’s structure of forcing users to upload photos if they wanted to retain their membership undoubtedly led to many sexually attacks on children.
“It means that one must attack children themselves. It becomes some sort of currency that one carries out attacks and delivers the material,” he said.
The 48-year-old’s trial was scheduled to begin at 9am on Tuesday in Randers City Court.