Teachers, a retired magistrate, a doctor, and civil servants are among 264 suspected paedophiles charged as part of a major UK police operation targeting those accessing child abuse images online.
Operation Notarise, which launched around a year ago, is the biggest UK inquiry into people allegedly sharing child abuse images since Operation Ore back in 2002.
So far, 745 suspected paedophiles have been arrested and 518 children removed from danger, the BBC reports.
Police investigators used software to track the movement of illegal images across "peer-to-peer" net networks, which alleged child abusers had treated as allowing them to retain a measure of anonymity, The Telegraph adds.
The National Crime Agency (NCA) is leading the operation which has involved 45 police forces across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
North Yorkshire Police, for example, put out a statement on its part in the operation last July.
The legal implications of accessing child abuse images online are explained in a blog post by Tuckers Solicitors here. ®