Three people arrested in Townville for child network exploitation

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Townsville Police are expected to charge three people in connection with an alleged child exploitation network in North Queensland.

The ages of the alleged victims range from one month to 14 years.

Detective Sgt. Dave Miles said a 64-year-old man from Kelso was arrested.

A 41-year-old woman from North Ward and a 38-year-old woman from Condon have also been charged in connection with the alleged child exploitation network.

“They are very serious crimes, they are very important and they all involve exposing young children to what would be considered despicable crimes, in relation to society,” said Sgt. Miles.

“For some of the crimes we deal with today, the maximum sentence is 25 years in prison.

A 64-year-old man was transferred to Townsville Watchouse today.(

ABC North Qld: Mia Knight

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More possible arrests

Senior Sgt. Miles said police expected multiple charges to be filed against the trio later today after sorting through evidence that was revealed as part of Operation Tango Rosetta.

“[The] The offenses include extortion, domestic violence offenses, and a range of child exploitation offenses under State and Commonwealth legislation.”

Sergeant Miles did not rule out further arrests in connection with alleged child abuse offences.

“We have three key individuals at this time,” he said.

“Of those three we think there are other individuals – two have been linked in this group, whether they did so innocently or whether they were inextricably woven, we don’t know yet.

Sergeant Miles said the Internet makes it easier to access child exploitation material.

“The exploitation of children has become more prevalent in society, especially with the emergence of digital media and the ability to vaccinate information between parties,” he said.

The alleged perpetrators are believed to know these children.

“The children we are dealing with today have ties to some of the people who have been charged,” said Sgt. Miles.

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