Greater Manchester Police are warning social media users after learning that images of sexual abuse victims may have been posted online.
The caution arrives in the aftermath of the Reynhard Sinaga trial - which resulted in the former Manchester student being jailed for life.
Sinaga was predicted to have abused as many as 200 people - and images of his apparent victims have begun to surface on social media channels.
All victims of sexual offences have a lifelong right to anonymity under the Sexual Offences Act 2000 - and anyone sharing information that might threaten this anonymity can be prosecuted.
GMP issued the following tweet on Thursday:
GMP are also encouraging anyone who might have been affected by the case to get in touch:
The dedicated incident room has received multiple calls since the sentencing of Reynhard Sinaga yesterday and we are continuing to urge people who may have been affected by the case to please get in touch. Full details of the case can be found here: https://t.co/qZDvetK28t pic.twitter.com/iwJKNFO9tL— Greater Manchester Police (@gmpolice) January 7, 2020
Sinaga was given a life sentence for his crimes and has been described as "Britain’s most prolific rapist".