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Friday, February 26, 2021

Police crack pedophile ring – Arrest in Rutherford

Federal police have made an arrest in Rutherford as part of a nationwide operation into child abuse material.

Operation Malto has led to 350 charges, 44 arrests and 16 children being removed from harm.

The alleged offenders were employed in a range of occupations, including construction, transport, law enforcement and hospitality.

AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw said victims remain front of mind for law enforcement agencies.

“Arresting offenders and putting them before the court is only half the battle,” he said.

“Identifying victims is a race against time and the ACCCE’s victim identification team is relentless in rescuing children from sexual abuse.

“Pixel by pixel, our investigators painstakingly look for clues and never give up and the tools they use give Australian police access to world leading expertise.”