Five alleged child sex offenders arrested in major crackdown on paedophiles in just a week

Five alleged child sex offenders arrested in just one week in major crackdown on paedophiles

  • Raids conducted by police in Adelaide arresting five alleged child sex offenders
  • Two of those arrested were investigated after information from U.S. authorities
  • AFP said Covid lockdowns had contributed to an increase in these crimes

Five alleged child sex offenders have been arrested in South Australia in just one week as police continue to target the criminals.

Australian Federal Police and SA Police carried out raids in Adelaide with two of the five men arrested after they were alerted by United States authorities of alleged criminals trading illegal content online.

‘The perverse demand for this abhorrent content fuels the physical abuse of children,’ AFP Detective Superintendent Gail McClure said.

A 37-year-old is arrested by police in the South Australia raids (pictured) during which five were arrested over child sex offences

A 37-year-old is arrested by police in the South Australia raids (pictured) during which five were arrested over child sex offences

In 2020, police officers arrested and charged 92 alleged child sex offenders in South Australia.

The five men arrested in the latest raids range from 27-years-old to 43-years-old.

One has already been to court and the remaining four are set to front court in the next few weeks.

Ms McClure said Covid lockdowns had contributed to a rise in these types of crimes with both offenders and victims spending more hours online while confined to their houses.

A 39-year-old man was also arrested by police in after raids were conducted by the AFP and state officers (pictured)

A 39-year-old man was also arrested by police in after raids were conducted by the AFP and state officers (pictured)

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