A former childcare worker who allegedly assaulted almost 100 children across two Australian states has been charged.
The 45-year-old Gold Coast man has been charged with 1623 child abuse offences, including 138 charges of raping pre-pubescent girls.
Police allege the man carried out the offences at 10 childcare centres in Brisbane between 2007-13 and 2013-14.
The man is further alleged to have carried out offences at a single Sydney centre between 2014-2017, as well as overseas between 2013-14.
Australian Federal Police Assistant Commissioner Justine Gough said the man allegedly recorded the offending on his phone and on camera.
She described the alleged offences on Tuesday as “unfathomable” and “chilling news”, as light is shed on the alleged years-long investigation.
“We are highly confident that all 87 Australian children who were recorded in the alleged child abuse material have been identified.” she said.
“The parents of all the Australian children recorded in the alleged child abuse material have been informed of the investigation.
“Some of the individuals identified in the alleged child abuse material are now aged over 18 years and have been informed.”
Assistant Commissioner Gough said officers were still working with overseas law enforcement to determine the identity of four more children.
Police allege the four children were offended at an overseas location but decline to specify where while investigations continued.
The man has been in custody since August 2022 when AFP charged him with two counts of making child exploitation material.
The 45-year-old was also charged with a single count of using a carriage service for child pornography material.
Following the arrest, AFP allege further self-produced child abuse material was identified on electronic devices owned by the man.
In total, police allege the man had more than 4000 child abuse images and videos stored on his camera and phone.
Police confirmed the man was arrested in August 2022 and will remain in custody before appearing before a Brisbane court later this month.
More to come.