Child abuse sus­pect dead

McIvor Times - - NEWS -

A 58-YEAR-OLD man ar­rested on child abuse charges in March has been found dead at Heath­cote.

ABC re­ported the man was dis­cov­ered at a prop­erty on Mon­day morn­ing and his death is not be­ing treated as sus­pi­cious.

The man was due to be charged on sum­mons after be­ing ar­rested dur­ing po­lice raids tar­get­ing child abuse ma­te­rial.

Victoria Po­lice’s Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Com­mand has been no­ti­fied be­cause of his re­cent po­lice in­volve­ment, and a re­port will be pre­pared for the coro­ner.

Victoria Po­lice and the Aus­tralian Fed­eral Po­lice ex­e­cuted war­rants at 20 prop­er­ties across Victoria late last month.

As a re­sult, 20 peo­ple were ar­rested for ac­cess­ing on­line child abuse ma­te­ri­als.

The charges for the op­er­a­tion in­clude pos­sess child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial, ac­cess child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial, trans­mit child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial and use a car­riage ser­vice for child pornog­ra­phy.

A num­ber of items were seized from the prop­er­ties in­clud­ing com­put­ers, tablets, mo­bile phones, child sex dolls, il­le­gal fire­works, a samu­rai sword, and drugs (in­clud­ing cannabis and GHB).

Po­lice also con­ducted checks to see if any chil­dren were at risk or iden­ti­fied as vic­tims of sex­ual abuse due to their con­nec­tion with those ar­rested or the prop­er­ties raided dur­ing the op­er­a­tion.

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