Pedophiles Charged Over Boy-Sex Photos
Three men have been charged with more than 200 child sex offences after police found
graphic internet images of sex acts involving young boys on Queensland's Sunshine Coast.
The three men, all of whom are convicted pedophiles serving terms in Brisbane's Wolston
Correctional Centre, will face court next month.
The Queensland Police Service announced yesterday that its anti-pedophile unit, Taskforce
Argos, was advised by US authorities in April that more than 450 images of "young male children
engaging in graphic sexual activities" had been found on the internet.
Examining the images, Argos detectives discovered that a number of the boys had been
photographed at locations on the Sunshine Coast between February 2000 and November 2003.
The three men, aged 29, 31 and 26, were ordered to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on
August 21 on a total of 202 child sex charges.
The 29-year-old man, from Strathpine in Brisbane's outer northern suburbs, will face 97 charges
including taking indecent photographs of a child under 16, sodomy of a child under 12, and
procuring a child to engage in carnal knowledge.
The 31-year-old, from the north Brisbane suburb of Bray Park, faces 79 charges including taking
an indecent photograph of a child under 16, procuring a child under 16 to commit an indecent
act, sodomy of a child under 12 and occupying a premises where children were indecently dealt with.
The 26-year-old, from the bayside suburb of Thorneside, is charged with 26 offences including
indecent dealing with a child under 16 and taking indecent photographs of a child under 16.
The arrest of the three prisoners was the second major child pornography swoop this year involving
Four Australian men - including two from Brisbane, one from Mill Park in Victoria and one from
Newcastle in NSW - were arrested in March over an internet child pornography ring in which
children as young as 18 months old were sexually molested and the video footage shown live
on the internet.
The four men were among 29 people arrested in Australia, the US, Canada and Britain in an
operation led by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
A 38-year-old former Brisbane teacher - now in custody - is accused of being the gatekeeper
for the global ring, which provided "molestation on demand" through live internet streaming
to members in four countries.
The Australian (25-7-2006)