Update 1: Child sex charges, Operation Uniform Kalahari, Cairns - bdsthanhhoavn.com

Update 1: Child sex charges, Operation Uniform Kalahari, Cairns

Cairns Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU) detectives yesterday charged a 67-year-old Cairns man with alleged child sex offences as part of ongoing Operation Uniform Kalahari.

Operation Uniform Kalahari was established to extensively investigate the alleged grooming and exploitation of at least eight vulnerable young people in the Cairns area since January this year.

It will be alleged the young girls, seven of which are aged under 16, were groomed, indecently assaulted, and supplied with dangerous drugs including methylamphetamine and cannabis.

Detectives yesterday charged the 67-year-old Cairns man with a total of 14 charges including five counts of supply dangerous drugs to a minor, three counts of wounding, two counts each of indecent treatment of children under 16-years and grooming a child under 16-years, one count each of rape and sexual assault.

He is the second man to be charged as part of Operation Uniform Kalahari this week and is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court today (June 10).  

Police and other support services are 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.

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 will investigate all reports of offences against children, and arrest and charge alleged offenders within the full force of the law.”

“The immense bravery of victims’ in these matters to come forward and speak to police, allows the QPS to track down these offenders and put them before the courts.”

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.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

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