Nine Charged In Pedophile Sting
Nine alleged pedophiles have been arrested in Queensland
following a series of police stings, including one captured
on camera in the heart of a Brisbane mall.
The Queensland Police Service and Crime and Misconduct
Commission joined forces yesterday to warn parents about
an "endless supply" of pedophiles waiting to prey on their
children as school holidays approached.
"Real children are being met by pedophiles and are being
harmed," CMC Detective Inspector Sue Dawson warned.
Four alleged pedophiles were arrested yesterday during
CMC raids in north and southeast Queensland.
Two of the men, one from New Farm and the other from
Brisbane City, appeared in the Brisbane Magistrate's
Court yesterday while a Cairns and Sunshine Coast man
were given a notice to appear.
Another four were charged when they turned up for an
meeting with a 13-year-old girl they met online, only
to find Taskforce Argos detectives instead.
Police have released footage of one of the incidents,
in which a 25-year-old Narangba man was arrested in the
middle of the Fortitude Valley Mall.
Detective Superintendent Ross Barnett said the 25-year-old
had allegedly engaged a covert Taskforce Argos detective
online before setting up the meeting on Tuesday night.
"He thought he was talking to and was going to meet and have
indecent sexual contact with a 13-year-old girl," Insp Barnett said.
"That was his expectation when he turned up at that meeting."
"As a result of his arrest he can expect a prison term.
The head sentence for these offences is in the range of
one to three years' of imprisonment."
That man has been charged with using the internet to procure
and expose indecent material a child under 16.
Insp Barnett said three other men – including a 23-year-old
from Calamvale and a 29-year-old from Oxley – were arrested after similar stings.
One man, aged 27, allegedly travelled from Bowen to meet with his 13-year-old.
He too was arrested in the Fortitude Valley by Taskforce Argos
detectives and charged with internet child sex offenders.
A ninth man, aged 47 from Main Beach, the Gold Coast, was charged
with child internet sex offences after his home was raided and computer equipment seized.
Insp Dawson said officers were continually adapting to try to keep
ahead of internet pedophiles.
"For example at the moment it's very common for pedophiles to use
webcams to expose themselves to children," she said.
"There is an endless supply of people out there ready to talk to kids."
Taskforce Argos Detective Senior Sergeant John Rouse said the
number of alleged pedophiles being caught was on the increase
over the past few years as their capacity to investigate grew.
Since November last year the Taskforce has helped identify 90
Australian children who have been offended against in pictures
by pedophiles through a global network they have joined.
Sen-Sgt Rouse said about 70 per cent of Taskforce Argos "core
business" now related to pedophiles on the Internet.
In an unrelated incident a man 27, has been charged with attempting
to procure a minor to partake in a sex act following an incident at
New Farm Park, in Brisbane's inner city, yesterday.
A boy, 14, was on a school excursion at the park when he was allegedly
approached by the man in a public toilet block about 12.30pm and asked
to perform a sex act.
The man will appear in Brisbane Magistrate's Court on September 26.
Parents looking for more information on how to protect their children
from online sexual predators are urged to access the police safety booklet,
Who's chatting to your kids, on the Queensland Police Service website www.police.qld.gov.au
Courier Mail (3-9-2005)