A man has been charged with allegedly photographing a young girl at a Bunnings store at North Mackay last weekend.
The 25-year-old was taken into custody by detectives from the Mackay Child Protection and Investigation Unit yesterday after they raided a home in Ball Bay.
Police allege the man indecently photographed the eight-year-old girl while she was shopping with her family at the store on Saturday, September 5.
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Shockingly, after arresting the man, they later uncovered several images of other girls at the same store, who are yet to be identified.
“An examination of that phone identified a further series of photos of seven young girls and teenagers and they were all taken around the same time at that Bunnings location,” Detective Senior Sergeant Emma Novosel said.
“The man concerned was so close to some of those girls they would at least know the photos were being taken.”
It’s prompted investigators to appeal for anyone who was at Bunnings North Mackay on Saturday, September 5 between 11am and midday in the company of female children aged between five and 15-years-old to come forward.
The man has been charged with one count each of indecent treatment of a child under 16, possessing child exploitation material, breach of bail and fail to comply with reporting conditions.
He appeared in Mackay Magistrates Court on Monday where he was remanded in custody to reappear on December 2.