Australian Police Crack Alleged Online Child Abuse Network, 21 Arrested
(KCEN) -- Australian Federal Police have arrested 21 people across the country after cracking an alleged online child abuse network.
The suspects range in age from 22 to 76 and are from all walks of life.
One of them was a woman, which police say is unusual for this type of crime.
Police say they expect another six arrests in the case.
The arrests were part of what's called Operation Conqueror, which began in July with an investigation into the sharing and distribution of child abuse photos over the Internet.
Glen McEwan with the Australian Federal Police said, "This operation shows that the Internet is not anonymous and if you are involved or choose to groom children online, or be involved in the production, distribution or access of online child abuse, you will be pursued."
Reports said hundreds of thousands of images have been seized along with flash drives, laptops and hard drives.