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Teen arrested for refusing to hand over password

Police tried to access PC in relation to child sexual exploitation

A Lancashire teenager has been jailed for 16 weeks because he refused to reveal his PC password to police.

Police were unable to access the PC belonging to Oliver Drage, who was arrested by officers in Blackpool tackling child sexual exploitation, as the machine was secured by a 50-character encrypted password.

The 19-year old was formally requested to reveal the password but declined to do so. He was subsequently charged under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and sentenced to 16 weeks in a young offenders' institute.

"Drage was previously of good character so the immediate custodial sentence handed down by the judge in this case shows just how seriously the courts take this kind of offence," said Detective Sergeant Neil Fowler from Lancashire Police

"Computer systems are constantly advancing and the legislation used here was specifically brought in to deal with those who are using the internet to commit crime."

See also: Teens arrested over £8m cybercrime forum


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