A man employed as a child care worker in north Queensland has been charged with more than 100 child sex offences.
The 39-year-old was arrested by detectives from the Townsville Child Protection Investigation Unit following an ongoing investigation.
The man is accused of indecently assaulting children and recording the offences, while police said he also allegedly took images of his victims and distributed them.
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At this stage, police have identified at least twelve victims, aged between zero and 16-years-old.
However, detectives fear there may be other victims in the community and are appealing for anyone who may have concerns they or their children have been in company of the man to come forward.
Speaking to media on Thursday, Detective Senior Sergeant David Miles said police will allege the offending has been happening over a number of years.
“This individual has offended against both his siblings, his own children, he has preyed upon vulnerable women in our community who have young children,” Detective Senior Sergeant Miles said.
“From our investigations he has been providing them with drugs for the purpose of sedating his victims for the purpose of conducting his offences.”
The man has been charged with 104 offences including multiple counts of rape, indecent treatment, bestiality, making and distributing child exploitation material and supplying dangerous drugs.
He is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court on September 29.
Three other people have also been charged as part of the investigation, including a 33-year-old West End man with six counts of distributing child exploitation material, possessing child exploitation material, use carriage service to access child abuse material, producing and possessing dangerous drugs and possessing tainted property.
A 38-year-old Townsville woman has been hit with three offences of possessing child exploitation material, distributing child exploitation material and burglary, while a 49-year-old woman has been cautioned on three counts of bestiality.
Investigations are continuing.
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