Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said those who view child porn online have the potential to escalate their offending and physically abuse children.
Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said those who view child porn online have the potential to escalate their offending and physically abuse children.

Horrific child porn seized in raids

TWENTY men from across Melbourne's suburbs and regional Victoria - aged from 19 to 62 - have been arrested over "abhorrent" child porn offences.

Victoria Police and Australian Federal Police led the major child exploitation operation targeting paedophiles who access abuse material online.

Horrific child porn material was found, leading to charges include possessing, accessing and transmitting child exploitation material.

Child sex dolls, weapons, drugs, computers and mobile phones were also uncovered during the blitz.

Police raided 20 properties across the state from March 14 to 29.

The men are from Ormond, Ascot Vale, Sunshine North, Narre Warren, The Basin, Doncaster East, Lalor, Truganina, Heathcote, Clayton South, Highton, Clarinda, Newton, Richmond, Roxburgh Park, Mulgrave, Hughesdale, Werribee and Capel Sound.

Most of the men have been charged or are expected to be charged on summons.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton said those who view child porn online have the potential to escalate their offending and physically abuse children.

"We know there are links between this type of online activity and contact offending, so it's important that we target anyone prepared to source this type of material in any way," he said.

Deputy Commissioner Patton said police conducted thorough checks to determine if any children were at risk of further harm.

He said the "abhorrent" crime was among the fastest growing in the world, and that offenders actively seek to fly under the police radar.

"This is fuelled by rapidly advancing technology and new social media platforms where the ability for offenders to create, share and consume this material grows every day," he said.

The men face up to 10 years' jail.

Anyone in the community with information about child exploitation material is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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