Child porn on prosecutor's computer

6th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

6 May 2005, AMSTERDAM — Child pornography has been found on the computer of former public prosecutor Joost Tonino, but an investigation has revealed he did not download the images deliberately.

6 May 2005

AMSTERDAM — Child pornography has been found on the computer of former public prosecutor Joost Tonino, but an investigation has revealed he did not download the images deliberately.

The Public Prosecutor's Office (OM) said Tonino will not be charged because the photos were downloaded via normal internet surfing.

Crime reporter Peter R De Vries highlighted the case in his television programme on Thursday night.

It comes after Tonino was left red-faced when he threw out his computer with the household trash last year because he thought it was defective. A taxi driver found the computer and delivered it to the journalist.

The embarrassment cost Tonino his job as prosecutor of Amsterdam fraud cases and he was transferred within the department.

Speaking in the Thursday night broadcast, Amsterdam prosecution chief Leo de Wit said investigations had indicated the child pornography was accidental.

He said Tonino unintentionally and unconsciously had the images saved to his hard drive simply by visiting other sex sites.

De Wit said technical experts with the national police force KLPD were called in to determine how the images were actually transferred to the computer.

De Vries returned the computer last year to the OM, which then investigated the affair along with private files on the device.

Inquiries were completed several weeks ago and the OM concluded that Tonino had not committed a prosecutable offence.

Tonino said via a spokesman that should the matter threaten his work within the OM, he will consider resigning. He regrets the broadcast by De Vries and said his private details were irrelevant in terms of his suitability as prosecutor.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news

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