Wandoan man charged with 97 child sex offences
A WANDOAN man has been charged with 97 online child sex offences after a two-month police investigation.
The charges include more than 70 counts of grooming a child under 16 with intent to expose to indecent matter, 15 counts of using a carriage service to solicit child pornography material, five counts of possessing child exploitation material and one count of using the internet to procure children under 16 years.
Detectives from the Roma Child Protection Investigation Unit charged the 31-year-old man after police executed a search warrant at his residence on March 8 and seized a number of devices allegedly containing child exploitation material.
Forensic analysis has been conducted on the devices and identified numerous alleged online offences.
The police investigation has also uncovered information relating to a number of alleged online sex offenders located in the United States and further intelligence submissions have been made to the relevant authorities.
The man is due to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on June 20.
Police are urging parents to remain vigilant and educate their children about exercising personal safety online.
"It's important that parents are aware of who children are talking to online,” a police investigator said.
"A lot of parents aren't aware of exactly what's going on with their kids phones and devices or different chat platforms.”
Police acknowledged the assistance received from Roma detectives, the Wandoan police, and Task Force Argos.