31 year-old charged with webcam blackmail offences

  • 28 October 2016

31 year-old charged with webcam blackmail offences

A 31-year-old male has appeared at Bucharest Municipal Court, Romania, charged with producing and distributing indecent images of children and blackmail.

The charges are connected to a PSNI investigation into webcam blackmail linked to the death of 17-year-old Ronan Hughes in Co Tyrone in June 2015.

The 31-year-old has been remanded in custody.

PSNI have been liaising with a number of agencies in a variety of jurisdictions, including Poliția Română (Romanian Police), the Directorate for Investigating Organised Crime and Terrorism in Romania, the National Crime Agency, and Europol, as part of the investigation.

Detective Superintendent Gary Reid, from the PSNI's Reactive and Organised Crime Branch, said: “Detectives from the PSNI are currently in Romania assisting our colleagues with this phase of the investigation.

“This has been complex and protracted and we are grateful to our colleagues in our partner agencies for their assistance to date.

“As legal proceedings are now ongoing, it would be inappropriate to comment further at this stage.

“However, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone in Northern Ireland to be mindful of their online activity, particularly with strangers.  If you feel you have been compromised online in anyway, please report it to police on 101 or 999 in an emergency.”