December 10, 2019
A Kingaroy man is among six Queenslanders charged with child sex offences after a nationally co-ordinated police operation.
The 34-year-old man was charged after officers from the State Crime Command’s Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Unit, Argos, and local Child Protection and Investigation Units executed search warrants as part of the Australia-wide “Operation Soutien”.
Material seized during the searches will be examined in an effort to identify child victims as part of investigations under the national child protection strategy.
Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group Detective Superintendent Denzil Clark said the successful national operation highlighted the benefits of working in collaboration with interstate and international counterparts.
“Disturbingly, we know child sex offenders will go to extraordinary lengths to exploit children and through upskilling and collaborating with interstate and international counterparts we can ensure our investigators are best placed to track them down,” Det Supt Clark said.
He said the operation was a timely reminder to all parents to be vigilant with electronic devices used by their children and ensure that they monitor their children’s online activities.
“Particularly over the school holiday period, supervision for children is critical in preventing self-produced child exploitation material and children being exploited online,” he said.