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Austrian Child Porn Ring Sweep Nets 272 Suspects

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Austrian Federal Police Director Erich Zwettler (R) holds up a CD as Federal Police Control Inspector Harald Gremel looks on during a press conference concerning the legal act 'Sledgehammer' against a worldwide child pornography on March 13, 2009 in Vienna. (DIETER NAGL/AFP/Getty Images) | Getty Images

VIENNA -- Austrian police say they have identified 272 suspects in the country as part of an investigation of internet-based child pornography involving 141 nations.

Chief Inspector Harald Gremel says Austrian police were alerted by Luxembourg authorities after they found child pornography was being watched worldwide from several Luxembourg-based home pages.

Gremel told reporters Wednesday that all the suspects are male and come from all professions, including school and kindergarten teachers. Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner says they range in age from 17 to 70.

Police did not say whether investigations, which were conducted over months, were continuing outside of Austria.

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