#cyberbullying | #cyberbully | Update 4: Child sex charges, Operation Uniform Kalahari, Cairns

Cairns Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU) detectives established Operation Uniform Kalahari, to extensively investigate the alleged grooming and exploitation of vulnerable young people in the Cairns area since January this year.

It will be alleged the young girls, were groomed, indecently assaulted, and supplied with dangerous drugs including methylamphetamine and cannabis.

To date, detectives have charged 10 men and one woman with a total of 245 charges as part of Operation Uniform Kalahari.

On October 18, detectives charged a 38-year-old Brinsmead woman with a total of six offences including three counts each of wounding and supplying dangerous drugs to a minor under 16-years.

She is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today (November 14).

On November 7, detectives charged a 36-year-old Parramatta Park man with two counts each of indecent treatment of a child under 16-years, supplying dangerous drugs to a minor under 16-years and one count of wounding.

He is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on November 24.

On Thursday, (November 10), a 26-year-old Woree man was apprehended by police and charged with four counts of supply dangerous drugs to a minor under 16-years, one count each of grooming a child under 16-years and carnal knowledge with a child under 16-years.

Police opposed bail and he appeared in the Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday (November 11). He was remanded in custody until today (November 14).

Yesterday (November 13) detectives charged a 41-year old White Rock man with 10 counts of supply dangerous drugs to minors and three counts of wounding.

Police bail was refused and he is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today (November 14).

Police and other support services are committed to providing assistance to the young people involved and their families.

Anyone with information or who believes they or someone they know may have been impacted to come forward as investigations remain ongoing.

Officer in Charge of the Cairns District CPIU Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Gooiker says protecting vulnerable young people is the top priority for the Queensland Police Service (QPS).

“We continue to investigate all reports of offences against children, and arrest and charge alleged offenders within the full force of the law.

“Of most concern, we have identified 48 child victims to date.

“These children have shown immense bravery, to speak up and report to police, which ultimately allows us to track down offenders and prosecute them.

“We encourage anyone with information to come forward and speak to our specialist officers.”

Resources and advice

  • eSafety Commissioner a key partner of the QPS in enhancing online safety, with a comprehensive suite of information, resources and reporting tools to ensure children have a safe experience online.
  • Who’s chatting to your kids? Further QPS advice and information about reducing online risks for children.
  • Out of the dark #doiknowu a campaign by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) supported by the QPS and Department of Education, providing resources to help young people stay safe online.
  • Think U Know is a partnership between Australian Federal Police, Commonwealth Bank, Datacom, Microsoft, State and Territory Police and Neighbourhood Watch. It provides information on topics including sexting, cyber bullying, online child exploitation, online privacy, and what to do when something goes wrong.

If you’ve experienced sexual assault, it is not your fault, and you are not alone. There are multiple ways to report what has happened to you depending on your situation.

If there’s an immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000). You can also report online via: https://forms.police.qld.gov.au/launch/SexualAssault, over the phone or face to face at a police station.

There are also Alternative Reporting Options available depending on your situation.

For confidential information, counselling, and support, call the State-wide Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010 120 or 1800 RESPECT for 24-hour help.

More arrests made as part of Operation Uniform Kalahari

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