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Queensland police dismantle child porn site, save 29 kids


POLICE say they've dismantled a child pornography website carrying hundreds of thousands of illegal images and charged a Gold Coast man accused of running it.
Operation Gatekeeper has also saved 29 children from around the world, including one in Queensland, from further sexual exploitation, police say.
The operation has been wound up after a long-running effort to nab the mastermind and as many users as possible.
Queensland police said 21 people from the state had been charged, including a 23-year-old Helensvale man alleged to be the site's administrator and operator.
He's been charged with possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service for child pornography material and will face the Brisbane District Court on June 3.
A juvenile, who's already been dealt with under the Youth Justice Act, was also among those arrested.
Child Safety Director, Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley, said the rescue of exploited children was hugely satisfying, as was the seizure of 307,000 illegal images.
He said the operation had led to the identification and removal of 29 child victims from further sexual exploitation, including one from Queensland.
"Worldwide children were identified and removed from harm in five different countries, including Russia and Mexico," he said.
Police shut down the website in January last year targeting the Helensvale man. Since then they've been working to nab users of the site.
"More than 21,000 internet addresses from 100 countries provided images to the site, with almost 1000 being Australian-based internet addresses," police said in a statement.
Det Supt Harsley said the operation sent a very clear message to users of such material that police could and would find them.
Police will hold a press conference later today.

THOSE CHARGED INCLUDED:
A 21-year-old man from Caboolture charged with possess child exploitation material, use carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date: August 2, 2010.
A 19-year-old man from Toowoomba has been charged with possess child exploitation material, use carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date August 10, 2010.
A 17-year-old man from Mackay has been charged with possess child exploitation material, use carriage service to access child exploitation material, distribute child exploitation material, possess restricted article and possess restricted weapon. Initial court date June 17, 2010.
A 37-year-old Sunshine Coast man possess child exploitation material, use carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date April 13, 2010.
A 17-year-old Logan man possess child exploitation material, supply drugs, produce drugs, possess drugs, possess utensils, possess tainted property.
A 26-year-old Sunshine Coast man possess child exploitation material. Initial court date May 17, 2010.
A 15-year-old Gold Coast man with possess child exploitation material.
A 25-year-old Gold Coast man with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date May 21, 2010.
A 36-year-old North Brisbane man with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date August 18, 2010.
A 50-year-old South Brisbane man with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date March 5, 2010.
A 26-year-old Brisbane West man with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date August 10, 2010.
A 59-year-old South Brisbane man with possess child exploitation material. Initial court date May 21, 2010.
A 22-year-old man from Oxley with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date August 30, 2010.
An 18-year-old from Brisbane West with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date April 30, 2010.
A 23-year-old man from the Gold Coast with possess child exploitation material, use of carriage service to access child exploitation material and distribute child exploitation material. Initial court date April 30, 2010.
A 26-year-old man from North Brisbane with possess child exploitation material, use of carriage service to access child exploitation material, access child exploitation material, possess drugs, possess utensils, possess restricted drugs and possess restricted article. Initial court date August 10, 2010.
A 19-year-old North Brisbane man with sodomy, indecent of a child and attempt to procure and indecent act. Initial court date August 28, 2010.
A 21-year-old from Brisbane West with possess child exploitation material. Initial court date August 18, 2010.
A 34-year-old man from the North Coast with possess child exploitation material. Initial court date September 23, 2010.
A 29-year-old North Brisbane man with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date September 27, 2010.
A 19-year-old Cairns man with possess child exploitation material and use of carriage service to access child exploitation material. Initial court date December 13, 2010.
A 24-year-old Oxley man with possess dangerous drug. Initial court date September 17, 2010

AAP 20-5-2011
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/queensland-police-dismantle-child-porn-site-save-29-kids/story-e6frfku0-1226059583545


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