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Two Irishmen arrested over links to Toronto-based child porn site

Some 341 people across the world have been arrested in connection with the Canadian investigation.

Image: Eamonn Farrell/ Photocall Ireland

GARDAÍ HAVE CONFIRMED that two men have been arrested in connection with a Canadian investigation into the making and selling of child porn online.

Police in Toronto today announced the results of a three year investigation – Operation Spade – which revealed that a 42-year-old man may have been operating a child exploitation movie production and distribution company.

In May 2011, officers searched his business and residence and arrested Brian Way and he was subsequently charged with numerous offences related to a website that sold and distributed child pornography to people across the globe.

Canadian police were also able to identify a number of his customers and as a result  of cooperation with authorities in other countries, including Ireland, some 341 people have been arrested.

Gardaí confirmed today that they had received a request from Toronto police with regard to assistance with the operation. To date, two men – one in his late 40s and one in his late 60s – were arrested and subsequently released. Files are being prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions.

A spokesperson said they are unable to comment further as the operation is ongoing.

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