Teachers, church leader, mum arrested during child sex raid

TWO teachers, a church leader and the mother of a young dance student have been arrested during child-sex operations targeting people in positions of trust.

The four were arrested on unrelated charges by detectives from the child abuse and sex crimes squads this week.

A 23-year-old man from Hornsby, who met two girls aged 13 and 15 through a local church, faces more than 40 charges.

Police allege that between March and July this year, the man groomed and had sex with the underage girls.

He was arrested on Wednesday and remanded in custody until his next court appearance on August 20.

On the same day, a 42-year-old school teacher from Sydney's west was arrested and charged with child pornography offences. Police seized his computer and other items. He was bailed to appear in the Penrith Court on August 28.

His arrest came just a day after another teacher was arrested over allegations he filmed up the skirts of girls and women.

When police searched the 36-year-old's home they allegedly found inappropriate photos on his phone and tablet.

He was charged with five counts of filming a person's private parts without consent and will front court at a later date.

At Burwood, detectives investigating allegations of sexual assault at a Sydney dance school, arrested the mother of a student and charged her with disseminating child abuse material.

Police allege the 42-year-old woman took inappropriate pictures of her daughters, who were both aged under 14, and gave them to another person.

A high-profile dance teacher from the Chiswick studio is currently before the courts on more than 50 child sex charges.


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