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Friday, April 6, 2018

Deputy Principal Among Men Charged After Child Porn Raid

Catholic secondary school has been charged with child porn offences following raids across Melbourne that allegedly uncovered abuse material featuring victims as young as newborns.

The man appeared at the Melbourne Magistrates Court last week charged with a string of offences including accessing child abuse ­material and knowingly possessing material.

Police confirmed on Wednesday that a 48-year-old man from Richmond who had been charged after recent raids had appeared in court last week and was due to appear again on July 6.

It is understood that he has been handed an interim suspension from teaching by the Victorian Institute of Teaching.

Another one of the men charged was a primary school teacher working in a non-classroom role as an administrator in a school office.

In a major operation, Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police raided homes across 19 suburbs and one country town over several days in March.

They discovered horrific child abuse material, child sex dolls, weapons and drugs.

“The material that we're talking about here that's been seized relates to images of children as young as newborn children to the age of 17 years," Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton told reporters on Wednesday.

"It involves them in sexually provocative poses, it involves them being subject to violence, it involves them being in degraded acts and it also involves torture."

The joint task force is now trying to identify the children in the thousands of videos and photos. No Australian children were in need of rescue at this stage.

Mr Patton warned people accessing "millions" of child abuse videos and photos monthly in Australia that they were "onto them."

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