German police have tracked down more than 1,600 suspects who massively shared child pornography in chat groups.

Most come from Germany, others come from Switzerland, Austria, France and the United States, among others.

Many minors are also among them, according to the police of the southern German state of Bavaria.

Many minors are also among them, according to the police of the southern German state of Bavaria.

The suspects reportedly face a minimum of one year in prison.

The suspects were identified after experts followed the exchange of photos and videos for months.

The Public Prosecution Service is now examining the file in the form of several hundred thousand A4 pages in 21 large removal boxes.

In addition to people with pedophile tendencies, it is often children and young people who forward such material in group chats and thus criminalize themselves, according to a spokesperson for justice.

The police found not only child pornography, but also animal pornography and recordings that glorify violence or are inflammatory.