The Central Bureau of Investigation's special unit handling online child sexual abuse has arrested a junior engineer of Uttar Pradesh irrigation department who allegedly sexually exploited about 50 children in the age group of 5-16 years across three districts.

The junior engineer, a resident of Chitrakoot district, was arrested from Banda by the special unit of the CBI specialising in Online Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention/ Investigation.

He had allegedly been sexually exploiting children for the last 10 years and selling videos and photographs of his nefarious acts on dark web to other paedophiles across the globe.

He is believed to have been operating in the adjoining districts of Hamirpur, Banda and Chitrakoot for last 10 years preying upon poor children between 5-16 years of age.

According to CBI spokesman RK Gaur, "Apart from the physical abuse of these children, the accused also allegedly recorded their acts using their mobile phones, laptops and other electronic devices. It was further alleged that these photographs and video films containing child sexual abuse material were published and transmitted by the accused using the internet."

"The scrutiny of the emails of the accused has revealed that he was allegedly in constant touch with several individuals (both Indian and foreign nationals) for the purpose of sharing child sexual abuse material. The accused has allegedly created and shared huge quantity of child sexual abusive material, over the years, through the internet using various social media platforms and websites over dark web." Gaur said.