Child abuse suspect dead

May 18, 2018

A 58-YEAR-OLD man arrested on child abuse charges in March has been found dead at Heathcote.

ABC reported the man was discovered at a property on Monday morning and his death is not being treated as suspicious.

The man was due to be charged on summons after being arrested during police raids targeting child abuse material.

Victoria Police’s Professional Standards Command has been notified because of his recent police involvement, and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police executed warrants at 20 properties across Victoria late last month.

As a result, 20 people were arrested for accessing online child abuse materials.

The charges for the operation include possess child exploitation material, access child exploitation material, transmit child exploitation material and use a carriage service for child pornography.

A number of items were seized from the properties including computers, tablets, mobile phones, child sex dolls, illegal fireworks, a samurai sword, and drugs (including cannabis and GHB).

Police also conducted checks to see if any children were at risk or identified as victims of sexual abuse due to their connection with those arrested or the properties raided during the operation.

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