4 men arrested for circulating obscene materials on Telegram

4 men arrested for circulating obscene materials on Telegram

FILE PHOTO: Men pose with smartphones in front of a screen showing the Telegram logo in this pictur
Men pose with smartphones in front of a screen showing the Telegram logo in this picture illustration November 18, 2015. (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Files)

SINGAPORE: Four men have been arrested for their suspected involvement in circulating obscene materials in a Telegram chat group by the name Sam's Lots Of CB Collection.

Three of the men, aged between 29 and 45, are the administrators of the chat group, the Singapore Police Force (SPF) said in news release on Friday (Nov 8), citing preliminary investigations.

The fourth man, a 26-year-old, had advertised the sale of obscene materials, the police said.

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The police said they received a report about the chat group on Oct 24.

The men were arrested on Wednesday, and more than 15 electronic devices - including a central processing unit, several laptops, hard-disk drives and mobile phones - were seized, the release added.

Investigations are ongoing. Those convicted of circulating obscene materials may be jailed for up to three months, fined or both.

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MORE THAN 25,000 MEMBERS

This chat group is one of 13 groups CNA saw in an exclusive report released earlier this month. 

As of early October, CNA saw there were more than 25,000 members in the chat group. 

Members contributed over 120,000 photos and videos, and more than 1,700 files. Members in the group chat had also sent photos of women they took on public transport. 

Telegram group Sam's collection of CBs

Links to the chat group were openly shared on sex forum Sammyboy. 

The group had also openly advertised its affiliated groups – some of which distributed obscene content - in the chat.

"Members of the public are advised to stop soliciting in any lewd website or joining such online platforms and illicit chat groups," SPF said.

"The police takes a serious view of anyone involved in criminal activities and will continue to take tough enforcement actions against those breaking the law," they added.

Source: CNA/jt(aj)/hm

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