Australia Twenty Victorian men arrested over online child abuse material

03:00  04 april  2018
03:00  04 april  2018 Source:

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Child abuse material seized in recent raids across Victoria included images of babies being subjected to violence and torture, and one of the 20 men arrested was a school teacher, police say.

Thirteen men , including a deputy school principal, have been charged following raids in Victoria which allegedly uncovered child abuse material . Victoria Police and the Australia Federal Police raided homes across 19 suburbs and one country town over several days in March in the major joint operation.

A man is escorted from one of the properties targeted by police.© ABC News A man is escorted from one of the properties targeted by police. Twenty men have been arrested across Victoria during police raids targeting online child abuse material, authorities have said.

The joint operation by Victorian and Federal police was designed to catch people involved in accessing, downloading and distributing the material on the internet.

Police said they executed 20 warrants in March at properties across Melbourne, in Geelong, at Capel Sound on the Mornington Peninsula and Heathcote in central Victoria.

Officers seized computers, tablets, mobile phones, child sex dolls, illegal fireworks, a samurai sword and illicit drugs during the raids.

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They discovered horrific child abuse material , child sex dolls, weapons and drugs. Twenty men , aged from 19 to 62, have been arrested in Victoria following 20 statewide raids, resulting in charges against 13 men for possessing, accessing and sending child pornography

The men arrested were between 19 and 62 years old.

Police charged 13 of them with offences including possessing child exploitation material, transmitting child exploitation material and drug charges.

Three other men are expected to be charged on summons, while four were released pending further inquiries, investigators said.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said online child exploitation was one of the fastest growing crimes in the world, fuelled by social media platforms and advancing technology.

"There is clear evidence that child exploitation material is sometimes used for grooming and seducing victims," he said in a statement.

"Part of this operation was focused on establishing whether any of those arrested had moved from online offences to contact offending, and if there were any children currently at risk or who could be identified as victims of a sexual assault.

"These are not simply online choices made for sexual gratification — they are abhorrent crimes against children, the most vulnerable people in our community."

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