Former Ipswich scout leader facing 103 additional child exploitation charges — 21.10.2015
This is a joint QPS and CCC Media Release
A former Ipswich scout leader is facing an additional 103 child exploitation charges as a result of ongoing investigations by the Crime and Corruption Commission (CCC) and the Queensland Police Service (QPS).
In April, the then 30-year-old West Ipswich man was charged with 26 child exploitation offences, after CCC investigators and officers from the QPS Ipswich Child Protection Investigation Unit searched a property in West Ipswich (see previous media release).
During the search, the CCC seized cameras, computer equipment and electronic storage devices.
Since this time, the CCC has forensically examined the seized items and has allegedly found evidence of additional child exploitation offences.
As a result of the ongoing investigation by the CCC and the QPS, on Saturday 17 October 2015 the man was issued with a Notice to Appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court on the following additional charges:
- 98 x Use a carriage service to make available child pornography material, contrary to section 474.19(1)(a)(iii)&(aa)(b) of the Criminal Code (Commonwealth)
- 1 x aggravated networking, contrary to section 474.24A Criminal Code (Commonwealth)
- 4 x indecent treatment of a child under 16, contrary to section 210(1)(a) Criminal Code (Qld)
The man – who is now 31 years old – is scheduled to appear in the Ipswich Magistrates Court to face all 129 charges today (Wednesday 21 October 2015).
As these matters are now before the court, it is not appropriate to comment further.
The investigation remains ongoing.