The Round Up Continues Down Under…
Police have rescued 46 Australian children – including 16 from a child care centre – in one of the biggest alleged child sex abuse cases in the country’s history.
Fourteen arrests have been made over what investigators have labelled ‘abhorrent’ systemic sexual abuse.
Despite 828 charges already being laid, investigators have not ruled out further arrests or the identification of additional victims in Australia and overseas.
The alleged offenders are accused of producing and sharing child abuse material to an online network.
Operation Arkstone was launched following the February arrest of Justin Radford, 30, in Wyong on the NSW Central Coast.
Police seized a number of devices from his home and discovered social media forums where some members were allegedly producing child abuse material, while others were accessing and circulating it.
Investigators have since uncovered more than a dozen alleged offenders from three states – NSW, Queensland and Western Australia – with more arrests expected.
AFP Assistant Commissioner, Eastern Command, Justine Gough said ‘Operation Arkstone is not over’.
‘We’ve not ruled out further arrests in Australia or offshore,’ she said.
‘Or sadly the identification of further victims in Australia and offshore.