Irish pensioner arrested in Benalmádena for giving gifts to minors in exchange for sexual favours

File photo of the National Police who led the investigation.
File photo of the National Police who led the investigation. / SUR
  • The suspect is a 69-year-old man who is accused of giving mobile phone credit, online games, cinema tickets and cash to at least five minors in exchange for photos, videos and meetings

A 69-year-old Irish man was released on bail with charges last Friday, accused of child pornography offences, corruption of minors and sexual abuse, according to the Provincial Police Headquarters.

The suspect was first held in December 2019 over the sexual abuse of a minor reported in Torremolinos.

It began when the mother of a boy told police that her son had been receiving messages from a man who was asking him for private photos and had been giving him gifts in return for meeting with him.

It was at that point that the suspect's mobile phone was confiscated and now, as a result of thorough analysis of communications, evidence of other victims with whom he had conversations has come to light.

Through this information, police were able to obtain evidence of contact with four other victims.

The suspect allegedly took advantage of the modest economic situation of the minors' families, obtaining, after long conversations, sexual favours including intimate photographs and videos and conversations of a sexual nature. In at least one case, touching is believed to have occurred.

The victims were allegedly bribed with "all kinds of gifts", including mobile phone credit, online games, cinema tickets or cash.

As a result of their investigations, the four alleged victims were identified and the suspect arrested in Benalmádena.

His home was searched and further computer equipment was seized for analysis.