30 October 2023

Weipa man charged with multiple serious child sex offences

| Sarah Martin

Police have charged a Weipa man with multiple serious child sex offences as part of Operation Uniform Kalihari. Photo: Rafael Ben-Ari / iStock.

A Weipa man is facing court charged with multiple serious child sex and drug offences.

The 46-year-old Weipa resident was arrested on 27 September by Weipa CIB and charged with two counts of rape, five counts of procuring a young person, 10 counts of supplying drugs to a minor and two counts of indecent treatment of a child under 16.

He was also charged with grooming a child and unlawful carnal knowledge of a child under 16.

He appeared in the Weipa Magistrates Court on 28 September and was granted bail with conditions to reside in Cairns.

Electronic devices seized by police have been forensically examined, and police say further alleged offences have been identified.

On Thurdsay (26 October), Far North Child Protection and Investigation Unit detectives searched a Mount Sheridan home and charged the man with a further five counts of supplying dangerous drugs to a minor, 10 counts of use of a carriage service to access child abuse material and one count of possessing child abuse material.

Police will allege the youths were groomed, indecently assaulted and supplied with dangerous drugs including methylamphetamine.

The charges came as part of Operation Uniform Kalihari, a police investigation into the alleged grooming and exploitation of young people in Cairns.

To date, detectives have charged 11 men and two women with a total of 301 offences as part of the operation, with 54 child victims coming forward.

The Weipa man is due to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on 24 November.

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