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A  grandfather has been charged over a child exploitation ring after detectives seized naked photos of his infant granddaughter which he was allegedly sharing online.

9 News reports the 61-year-old man, who cannot be named, is one of five people arrested in Sydney since October over the alleged network, which has also been connected with bestiality.

Four men and one woman came to the attention of NSW police after a tip-off from their Queensland colleagues about the online activities of one of the men last June.

It’s believed they had access to more than 10 potential child victims, aged between infants and early teens, within their own family and friendship networks.

But police have confirmed none of the children were harmed by the group, who connected with each other online.

“The internet obviously creates a situation where like-minded people are able to meet and engage in this type of activity,” Sex Crimes Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Linda Howlett told reporters on Monday.

The grandfather, two other men aged 50 and 47, and a 45-year-old woman were arrested by detectives in raids in October and November last year and have been in custody since.

A fourth man, aged 49, was granted bail after being arrested at his workplace on Friday.

Detectives seized communications between group members describing sexual activity with children and showing images depicting sexual activity with a dog, as well as the naked images of a female infant.

The images of the girl are believed to have been shared within the group by the grandfather.

It will be alleged one of the men was planned a meeting with the intention of engaging in sexual activity with an infant.

It’s believed a meeting was also being planned with a pre-teen girl, and that the woman was acting as an intermediary between the girl and one of the men.

Det Supt Howlett said none of the children were aware they had been targeted.

“We were monitoring their activities extremely closely and let me assure you no child has been harmed,” she said.

“The children have been interviewed and we can assure you that they’re all quite safe.”

She confirmed at least one of the arrests last year was expedited to prevent a child being harmed.

The 61-year-old man was charged with three counts of produce disseminate or possess child abuse material, and use carriage service to transmit/publish/promote child pornography.

The 50-year-old man was charged with incite sexual intercourse with child under 10 years, procure child for unlawful sexual activity, procure child under 14 years for unlawful sexual activity and two counts of use carriage service to transmit/publish/promote child pornography.

The 47-year-old man was charged with incite sexual intercourse with child under 10 years, use child under 14 years to make child abuse material, bestiality, use carriage service to transmit/publish/promote child pornography, and produce disseminate or possess child abuse material.

The 45-year-old woman was charged with conspiracy to commit sexual intercourse with child under 10 years, and bestiality.

All five are expected to face court again next month.

  • This is disgusting!!! To betray and violate any child like this is disgraceful let alone your own family

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  • Disgusting. Children should be safe with their family, this is just awful.

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  • I cannot even read this story – it makes me physically sick that these bastards walk our Earth. I hope they rot in hell!


    • yeah i couldn’t read it either. just no words. horrible

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  • What is going on this is disgusting to the max whether anyone was hurt or not these things (cause they are not people) were planning on doing something and they need to be locked up away from each other for good, they took a picture from somewhere of a innocent baby and shared it around and that is disgusting they have no rights to bail nothing just locked away.

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  • A lot of child molesters are within the family – but before the internet wasn’t there or so easily used by these perpetrators. Thank heavens there was a tip off to the police and things were able to be closed down before any one was hurt. I’d hate to find out my child’s grandfather was the one, though.

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  • What the….
    We were monitoring their activities extremely closely and let me assure you no child has been harmed,” she said.

    “The children have been interviewed and we can assure you that they’re all quite safe.”
    How on earth can such a statement of this nature be made. ‘Quite safe’, and ‘not harmed at all’. It doesn’t necessarily need to be in the form of physical abuse to be emotionally and psychologically scarred for life or hurt. When these children grow and learn of what has happened, they will require some serious medical help. Absolutely despicable act that such betrayal by one’s own flesh and blood a grandfather could do such a thing, to their own grandchildren, who deserves love and protection not to be treated as a sex thing, for their own perversion. Lock them all up and throw away the key. These lowlives don’t deserve to breath the same air, harming young innocent precious children.

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  • Absolutely disgusting!

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  • Nothing less than jail and chemical castration for these horrendous excuses for human beings.

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  • Horrendous!! Nice grandfather!! Sharing the photos in Internet!!! :-(

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  • This is utterly revolting. It’s good to hear the kids are safe.

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  • Oh gosh … how would you feel being the parents of their grandchildren.

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  • This is disgusting!! If we can’t even trust our own family who can we trust. These monsters need to be put away for life.


    • Absolutely – no parole or home detention at all. No visits from anybody.
      Grrrr Taxpayers are paying for the care of these…..in gaol.

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  • Disgusting. Thankfully these people should now end up behind bars where they belong.

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  • How disgusting! As they say, perpetrators are often known to the victims. I doubt the assertion that “none of he children were harmed”. I suppose, time will tell.

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  • How disgusting. I hope they are sentenced for life. They cannot be rehabilitated. I’m so glad they were caught before these children were physically harmed

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