First time in TN: Man arrested for spreading child porn videos on social media

The Tamil Nadu police, who were in the news for ‘preparing lists of those who spread pornography on the internet’, have made their first arrest in the case. They have picked up a man who shared sex videos involving children on social media in Trichy.

A 42-year-old railway contract worker from Tiruchy was arrested by the police for uploading and sharing child porn on social media websites on Thursday. It is said the accused has been sharing explicit content in social media through three fake IDs created by him. It is said he was the first person in Tamil Nadu to be arrested by the police in an effort to eradicate child porn.

The Palakkarai police arrested Christopher Alphonse of Kajapettai near Palakkarai from his house. The Cantonment all-woman police booked him under sections 67 (A), 67 (B) of IT Act, 13, 14 and 15 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

He was accused of creating Facebook accounts and transmitting child porn contents to his contacts on social media page. In the wake of the warning from cybercrime wing of the Tamil Nadu police, Christopher had deleted all the contents on his Facebook page.

Police said Alphonse was addicted to child pornography and had forwarded the videos to his friends. Alphonse was arrested after a complaint was filed by a police officer from the cyber-crime department.

It was on his Facebook account with the name ”Nilavan Adavan” that he recently shared a child pornographic video. Police got a tip off about his activity and a separate team tracked his online activity.

Based on specific evidence, the Cyber Cell issued summons to him, following which he went on to delete the pornographic videos from his phone and storage device, but police retrieved the evidence (videos he shared to others) from his Facebook messenger account.

He has been booked under Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act and Section 67(a) (b) (Punishment for publishing or transmitting of material depicting children in sexually explicit act) of the Information Technology Act and remanded to judicial custody for 15 days.