Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Man on Child Porn Charges

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Man on Child Porn Charges

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Owen Jacques

news@dailymercury.com.au

CHILD exploitation material flowing from a grubby Canadian website reached Mackay, with charges laid against an Andergrove man.

The 49-year-old, who is facing 28 counts of possessing child pornography, is one of more than 30 Queensland men arrested on similar charges.

A man, who cannot be named, appeared in the Mackay Magistrates Court yesterday on the same number of charges relating to child exploitation material, but the court was closed during the brief mention.

Tentacles from the North American site led authorities to Australian buyers and peddlers of the material -- 65 nationally -- who are now facing 399 charges.

As a result of the Canadian investigation, which was then bolstered locally by the Australian Federal Police and state task forces, six children in Australia have been rescued from "at-risk" situations following the arrest of suspected offenders.

A total of 339 suspects have been arrested internationally, with a total of 386 children now saved from future harm. …

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