Over 1000 young people charged by Danish police for sharing sex film

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They're accused of using Facebook Messenger to share a video of two fifteen year-olds having sex. "But they may not know that it is also punishable and that they may be sentenced to distribute child pornography", concludes Flemming Kjærside.

Danish police said they began their investigation after Facebook notified US authorities of two explicit video clips and a photograph of the couple on its chat platform Messenger previous year.

The material, from 2015, was spread on Facebook from that year until autumn 2017.

Facebook told United States authorities and the case reached Denmark through Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency. One person was even charged in Greenland.

"We have taken the case very seriously as it has major implications for those involved when such material is spread".

Either of those punishments would give them a criminal record lasting for up to a decade, police have said.

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The case, which reached Denmark via the European Union's law enforcement agency Europol, involves around 800 boys and 200 girls, a lot of them between the ages of 15 and 20.

Alleged offenders were notified by email over the weekend; those aged under 18 were notified through their parents, police said.

Police said it could amount to distribution of indecent images of children, as the two people filmed are under 18.

"The interrogations start today", National Cyber Crime Center Chief Superintendent Claus Birkelyng told Danish television Monday.

"This is a very large and complex case, which has taken a long time to investigate, especially because of the large number (of people) being charged", police investigator Lau Thygesen from the northern Danish region of Nordsjaelland said in a statement.

The police are in the process of charging them. "The young people who shared this video may also be risking something quite ugly for their future ... it may be a prank, but it can have adult consequences, since you can be convicted for distributing child pornography".

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