Norway pedophile scandal: Politicians, police reportedly among 20 arrested suspects

At least 20 people have been arrested in Norway on pedophile charges, officials say, adding that the suspects include lawyers, economists and even a primary schoolteacher. Reports claim the case also involves politicians and a police officer.

Thirty-one people are also currently under investigation, Deputy Police Chief Gunnar Fløystad said.

“It is not one case, but several serious cases that we have been investigating for a long time. We can talk of several networks,” he said, as cited by Aftonbladet newspaper.

According to Fløystad, many suspects are highly -educated and have good IT skills.

Verdens Gang tabloid reported that among those under investigation was a police officer. Police raided his house but didn’t arrest him, the tabloid added. Fløystad declined to comment on the matter.

The list of those investigated on pedophile charges include two former or current politicians, Tidens Krav newspaper reported.

Police seized some 150 terabytes of material revealing many forms of child abuse. The offenders met on the web and used encryption to protect their anonymity.

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