Pedophile Group

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Pedophile Group
Formation 1985
Extinction 2004
Headquarters Denmark
Region served
UK
Official language
Danish

The Pedophile Group, Pedophile Group Association or Danish Pedophile Association was a Danish organisation which was disbanded on March 21, 2004. A website is still running, operated by a group of active members of the former association. It was founded in 1985. On July 23, 1996, the group had eighty registered members and participated in an International Congress in Denmark. It was also connected with the pedophile advocacy organisation Ipce (formerly the International Pedophile and Child Emancipation).[1] A 2004 newspaper article identified Dan Markussen as the organization's spokesman.[2]

In 2000, a Danish TV documentary team went undercover to investigate the group. Members were shown exchanging child porn and giving advice on how to contact children in internet chatrooms. A man was arrested by police in connection with the investigation.[3][4]

In 2000, the group asked its members to provide misleading information to authorities to help Eric Franklin Rosser evade prosecution. Rosser was a former member of John Mellencamp's band who had been charged with producing and distributing child pornography.[5] He was convicted in 2001, however, and was added to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation's most wanted list.[5]

In 2004, the Danish newspaper Dagbladet Information ran a front page article by the journalist Kristian Ditlev Jensen calling for the organisation's home page to be taken down. Similar criticism of the groups came from papers such as Berlingske, Jyllands-Posten and Politiken. In March 2004, the majority of the members associated with the Pedophile Group voted for the organisation to be dissolved.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Report 1: Reports from some countries". Ipce. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Flanagan, Russ. "'I'm tired of being forced into the shadows by society'." The Express-Times. Sunday 22 February 2004. Retrieved on 18 May 2012.
  3. ^ "Man arrested after paedophile TV documentary." CNN Denmark. 31 October 2000. Retrieved on 18 May 2012.
  4. ^ "Paedophiles exposed by undercover journos." IOL. 31 October 2000. Retrieved on 18 May 2012.
  5. ^ a b Wissing, Douglas. "The man with the naked piano." Salon. 22 October 2001. Retrieved on 18 May 2012.