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14 June 2012, 18:12
Four men has been arrested in North Yorkshire as part of an operation targeting suspected online paedophiles.
A 40 year old man from Scarborough was arrested and charged with engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child, distributing an indecent photograph and possession of an indecent image. He was due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates' Court.
A 57 year old man from Harrogate, a 52 year old man from Stokesley, and a 54 year old man from the Whitby area were also arrested and later released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, head of North Yorkshire Police's Protecting Vulnerable Persons Unit, said: “We have executed four warrants in the county this week which has led to the seizure of computer equipment, associated material and the arrest of four men, one of whom has been charged to court.
“This high-profile national operation shines a light on the daily work of our intelligence teams who support detectives and uniformed officers to bring offenders involved in the possession and distribution of indecent images of children to justice.''
Over two days, police from 40 forces raided 141 homes across the country.