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Local man one of six charged with more than 100 child sex offences

September 5, 2023 9:27 am in by

A Sunshine Coast man is one of six charged with more than 100 child sex offences following extensive police investigations.

On August 25, the 44-year-old Beerwah man was arrested and charged with 62 child sex offences including the possession and making of child exploitation material.

He’s also accused of using a carriage service to access and distribute child abuse material on various social media platforms.

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He is due to appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on October 20.

Specialist child safety detectives from Argos alongside officers from multiple Child Protection and Investigation Units were involved in the arrests of all six Queensland men.

The arrests coincide with this year’s Child Protection Week, which runs until September 9, and aims to engage, educate and empower the community to understand the complexity of child abuse and neglect, and work together to prevent it.

This year’s theme is ‘Where We Start Matters’, with more than 200 events to be held across Queensland.

Detective Acting Superintendent, Glen Donaldson, from the Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group’s unit Argos, said everyone in the community plays an important role in caring for children.

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“Every day our investigators, including officers dedicated to covert and protracted investigations and victim identification analysts, are working with law enforcement nationally and internationally to prevent, disrupt and investigate child sexual abuse,” Detective Acting Superintendent Donaldson said.

“These arrests are a reminder to parents and caregivers of the dangers of online predators and how crucial trusted loved ones are in teaching children about privacy, personal safety and that nothing is so awful they can’t speak to them about it.”

Between 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2023, the Queensland Police Service (QPS) charged 1,587 people with 8,005 child sex offences.

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