NZ police help in US child sex abuse arrest

Robert Sciolino was jailed for 10 years for receiving and possessing child pornography in Tampa, Florida, yesterday.

The 51-year-old was caught, in part, by New Zealand detectives, who were running a covert online operation as part of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Against Children International Taskforce.

The user, Sciolino, was tracked and found to be downloading child pornography in his car at a grocery store parking lot in Bradenton, Tampa, Florida.

Detective Senior Sergeant John Michael of the Police Covert Online Team said New Zealand Police’s involvement in the investigation showed the high level of cooperation between international law enforcement agencies in fighting online child exploitation.

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