Gold Coast man charged with child sex offences as part of nationwide investigation

A Gold Coast man is among six people who have been charged with multiple offences following a nationally coordinated operation targeting high-threat online child sex offenders.

Nine search warrants were executed across Queensland as part of the Australia-wide month of action code named Operation Soutien.

A 64-year-old Labrador man is among those charged. His exact charges have not being revealed.


A 38-year-old male senior school teacher from a Central Queensland school was among those arrested. He was charged with possessing and distributing child exploitation material and is due to appear in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on 15 January 2020.

A 31-year-old male from Brisbane was also arrested and charged with using a carriage service to access child abuse material and is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on 16 December 2019.

A 41-year-old man from Tingalpa, a 34-year-old Kigaroy man and a 32-year-old man from Harristown were also arrested.

Queensland Police say the material seized will be examined in an effort to identify child victims as part of investigations under the national child protection strategy.

Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group Detective Superintendent Denzil Clark said the successful national operation highlighted the benefits of working in collaboration with interstate and international counterparts.

“Disturbingly, we know child sex offenders will go to extraordinary lengths to exploit children and through upskilling and collaborating with interstate and international counterparts we can ensure our investigators are best placed to track them down,” Detective Superintendent Clark said.

Superintendent Clark said the operation was a timely reminder to all parents to be vigilant with electronic devices used by their children and ensure that they monitor their children’s online activities.

“Particularly over the school holiday period, supervision for children is critical in preventing self-produced child exploitation material and children being exploited online,” he said.