A man has been arrested and charged in connection with suspected grooming offences after a video was posted online.
The 37-year-old, Beniam Tsegay, of Century Street, Stoke-on-Trent will appear before North Staffordshire Magistrates Court on Thursday morning (22 October 2015) after he was arrested yesterday evening on suspicion of grooming of a child.
He was arrested by officers from the force’s Operation Safenet team who are tackling online child abuse.
Detective Inspector John Owen, from the Operation Safenet team, said:
“We are aware of the video posted online and we are in contact with the individual who posted it.
“The matter is now under investigation and a man has been arrested and remains in custody.
“We understand the desire to protect children but any member of the public who has information about suspected child sexual abuse, online or otherwise, is urged to contact the police.
“Please do not take the law into your own hands and carry out your own investigations. This is not the correct way to deal with such matters, it is our job to investigate and bring people to justice.
“Revealing the identity of suspected offenders gives the suspect the opportunity to destroy evidence before the police can investigate them.
“There is also the concern that someone could be mistakenly identified and put at unnecessary risk.”
Operation Safenet was launched in August with the aim of safeguarding children by detecting abuse and prosecuting offenders for the possession and distribution of indecent images of children.
This new approach brings together police officers and highly skilled digital forensics staff, to proactively seek out those using the internet to view and exchange these images in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.
Latest figures show 35 suspects have been arrested so far and 56 children safeguarded. For more details please visit www.operationsafenet.co.uk