Accused pedophile, 21, is arrested while coaching children’s sports and charged with 10 child sex offenses – before a huge cache of disturbing video is reportedly found in his home
- The 21-year-old man is a volunteer from Coomera on the Gold Coast
- He is charged with 10 child crimes, including image sharing
- The man was arrested while coaching a children’s sports team
- He had also worked with children in a number of other organizations
A man charged with 10 child crimes has been arrested while coaching a children’s sports team.
The 21-year-old was arrested on Tuesday afternoon on the Gold Coast after an investigation by the Queensland Police.
Police said the man was a volunteer who also worked with children in various organizations, but no crimes against any of those children have yet been discovered.
The police investigation began on May 31 after a referral from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
Police then executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Coomera.
Queensland Police executed a search warrant at the man’s home and seized a number of devices
The police investigation began after a referral from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in America
They will claim that he owned several hundred gigabytes of child exploitation material and shared images with other child sex offenders via secure online messaging platforms.
Bodycam videos of the search show officers from the specialized unit of the child abuse and sex crime group, Argos, collecting the material at the man’s home.
The man was charged with five charges for possessing child exploitation material, three charges for using a carriage service to access child abuse material and two charges for using a carriage service to provide child abuse material.
He has been released on strict terms and will appear before the Beenleigh Magistrates Court on June 30.
Man is accused of possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access and share child abuse material
The 21-year-old man worked with children in his role as a volunteer for a number of organisations, Queensland Police said
Inspector Glen Donaldson said the case reminded parents and carers to take active and ongoing measures to keep their children safe.
“Surveillance and communication are key to prevention,” he said.
“We encourage parents and guardians to talk to their children about what to do if they feel uncomfortable about any behavior and how to report it.
“Children need to know that nothing is so serious or embarrassing that they can’t turn to a trusted adult for support and to report behaviors that make them uncomfortable.”