A two-year-old girl has been saved from abuse at the hands of a vile paedophile ring.
The rescue comes following the arrest of a former childcare worker in the city of Townsville in Australia.
The dad, 39, is accused of 104 child sex offences that included the abuse of his own children, siblings and dogs.
Detectives say the suspect carried out the offences between 1995 and 2020 and took images of his offences.
At least twelve potential victims – including two males and 10 females – have been identified.
Detective Senior Sergeant David Miles said a two-year-old girl was rescued from a home in Cairns earlier this week and had been allegedly ‘passed around as a result of exchanging of drugs’.
Some alleged offending may have happened at the childcare centre where he had worked, police say.
Investigators say the man allegedly targeted vulnerable women with young children.
“He has then been providing them with drugs for the purpose of sedating his victims for the purpose of conducting his offences,” Senior Sergeant Miles said.
The man is expected to appear in the Townsville Magistrates Court on September 29.
Three other people have been arrested in investigation which saw hard-drives USB sticks were seized for evidence.
A 33-year-old man has accused of six counts of distributing child exploitation material as part of the investigation.
A 38-year-old woman previously appeared in Townsville Magistrates Court for allegedly possessing child exploitation material, distributing child exploitation material and burglary.
A 49-year-old woman has been cautioned on three counts of bestiality.