Police have arrested six people on child sexual exploitation charges.
Police have arrested six people on child sexual exploitation charges.

Toowoomba chef charged with possessing child porn

UPDATE: AUSTRALIAN Federal Police allege they found a 33-year-old Toowoomba chef in possession of child pornography when they executed a series of raids across Queensland in November.

AFP officers arrested the man on November 21 and charged him with one count each of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography material, using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material and possessing child abuse material.

He was bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on December 15.

12.30PM: POLICE arrested A 32-year-old Harristown student on November 28 and charged him with one count of using a carriage service to access child abuse material.

He was bailed to appear in the Toowoomba Magistrates Court on December 17.

Officers from the State Crime Command's Child Abuse and sexual crime unit, Argos, and the Toowoomba child protection and investigation unit executed a search warrant at the man's home.

He was one of six Queenslanders arrested in the nation-wide Operation Soutien, targeting people who produce and distribute child exploitation material.

A 33-year-old Toowoomba man was also arrested, by the Australian Federal Police. 

On November 10 police arrested a 34-year-old Kingaroy man.

The factory worker was charged with one count of using a carriage service to access child abuse material and two counts of possessing child exploitation material.

The man was bailed to appear in the Kingaroy Magistrates Court on December 16.           

Operation Soutien lead to the arrest of 22 individuals across Australia.

10AM: A 32-YEAR-OLD Harristown man was arrested for his alleged involvement possessing child exploitation material.

He was one of six people charged with 11 child sex offences.

A 34-year-old Kingaroy man was also arrested, along with a 41-year-old Tingalpa man and a 64-Labrador man.

Officers from the State Crime Command's Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Unit, Argos, and local child protection and investigation units executed nine search warrants across Queensland as part of the Australia-wide month of action codenamed Operation Soutien.

Material seized during the multiple search warrants will be examined in an effort to identify child victims as part of investigations under the national child protection strategy.

Child abuse and sexual crime group detective superintendent Denzil Clark said the national operation highlighted the benefits of working in collaboration with interstate and international counterparts.

"Disturbingly, we know child sex offenders will go to extraordinary lengths to exploit children and through upskilling and collaborating with interstate and international counterparts we can ensure our investigators are best placed to track them down," Detective Superintendent Clark said.

Superintendent Clark said the operation was a timely reminder to all parents to be vigilant with electronic devices used by their children and ensure that they monitor their children's online activities.

"Particularly over the school holiday period, supervision for children is critical in preventing self-produced child exploitation material and children being exploited online," he said.


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