Babysitter confesses to multiple child abuse

13th December 2010, Comments 0 comments

A 27-year-old man who worked in creches in the Dutch city of Amsterdam and hired himself out as a babysitter has confessed to multiple counts of sexual abuse of children, prosecutors said Sunday.

"The suspect said he had abused tens of young children," said a statement from Amsterdam court.

"He is also suspected of having produced and distributed child pornography," it added.

The suspect, originally from Latvia, was arrested on Tuesday after a tip-off from the US authorities.

He had worked for Amsterdam creches between February 2007 and January 2010, said the court statement.

His wife, a 37-year-old local woman had also been taken into custody on suspicion of possession of child pornography, but was not for the moment suspected of child sexual abuse, it added.

Parents of the children who were in the day nurseries at the time the suspect worked were informed of the development at a special meeting Sunday evening with the police, prosecutors and city council officials.

© 2010 AFP

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