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British man arrested on Costa Blanca for 45 child abuse offences

The arrested Briton.
The arrested Briton. / EFE
  • The man had reportedly abused more than thirty boys in the UK and Thailand and had fled to Spain and changed his identity

The Guardia Civil has arrested an alleged serial child sex offender from Britain in Santa Pola on the Costa Blanca. In an internationally-coordinated operation, Spanish authorities worked with Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA) and Europol.

The man, only identified as M. F. by Spanish officials, had reportedly abused more than thirty boys in the UK and Thailand and had fled to Spain and changed his identity.

According to police sources, the investigation began after another man's computer was searched in the Netherlands. On it were photos and chats with 15 boys linked to M. F.

The 70-year-old Briton had also been wanted in Thailand for abusing nine boys, whom he tricked with gifts and sweets.

In the photos he took with victims, he appeared making a heart sign while carrying out acts against the children.

The arrested man was an English teacher in the UK, and some of the victims were allegedly abused in a school store room. He was also accused of attacking his adopted son.

Involvement with Scouts

In 1986 the man tried to adopt another minor but the application was turned down. He was also reportedly a Scout leader.

After being accused in Britain and jumping bail in Thailand, he sold his house and settled in Spain with his new identity. Here he lived incognito until his recent arrest and extradition to the UK for 45 supposed child abuse offences.