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Sydney Man Facing Nearly 200 Charges Relating To Child Sexual Abuse

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Sydney Man Facing Nearly 200 Charges Relating To Child Sexual Abuse

Police have added additional charges to a Sydney man they believe has committed serious instances of child sexual abuse and bestiality.

The 31-year-old was arrested in May last year as part of the Australian Federal Police's Operation Arkstone, which is their large-scale investigation into a global online network of alleged child sex offenders.

He was initially charged with 44 offences, with police alleging he was responsible for multiple counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years.

However, after digging into evidence seized during his initial arrest, the AFP have been able to charge him with an additional 152 offences.

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He will appear in Sydney Central Local Court today (March 18).

Operation Arkstone also nabbed its 20th suspect yesterday (March 17) after authorities pounced on a property in North Sydney.

The 31-year-old was charged with one count of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service after being led away from his Willoughby home.

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There have been 14 arrests in New South Wales through Operation Arkstone, three in Queensland and three in Western Australia.

Through their investigations, they have managed to uncover an online network of alleged child sex offenders and have been working with America's National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to track down offenders and save children from further abuse.

The 20 men who have been arrested in the operation face a collective 1,026 charges related to child sexual abuse and, in some cases, bestiality offences.

Police have also saved a whopping 53 children from further harm in Australia.

Featured Image Credit: AFP

Topics: Australia

Stewart Perrie
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