Queensland pedophile sting results in international arrests

LAW-enforcement agencies in the US and Europe have been arresting pedophiles as a result of an elaborate sting operation by Queensland Police.

The ABC's 7.30 program reported last night that the 10-month operation had led to the arrests in Australia and around the world.

Investigators said hundreds of children who were being abused had been identified and potentially would be saved.

As a result of the work by Queensland Police anti-pedophile taskforce Argos, an internet bulletin board with 45,000 members had been targeted.

It was administered by an anonymous Australian, who was later revealed to be Adelaide childcare worker Shannon McCoole.

He was sentenced this month to 35 years in jail for sexually abusing at least seven children in his care and transmitting child pornography on the internet.

His victims were in state care and as young as 18 months old.


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