Mother, stepfather and friend arrested by WA Police in relation to alleged sexual abuse of eight-year-old girl

Taskforce Mirzam officers during a raid on homes around WA in relation to child abuse allegations.
Taskforce Mirzam officers during a raid on homes around WA in relation to child abuse allegations.

POLICE have arrested a mother of an eight-year-old girl, the girl’s stepfather and a family friend following the discovering by a member of the public of a recording device which contained videos of the girl allegedly being abused.

Today (March 30), WA Police Force announced the launch of a special taskforce to investigate the suspected sexual abuse of at least five children, most of whom were aged under 10 at the time.

So far the three people mentioned previously have been arrested on 23 charges in relation to the alleged sexual abuse of the eight-year-old girl.

Detectives attached to Taskforce Mirzam are investigating allegations of further sexual abuse involving a number of adults, both male and female, against that girl and four other children.

They alleged that some of the children were given illegal drugs before they were sexually abused.

The Taskforce was launched last month following the discovery of a recording device by a member of the public which contained videos showing adults, both male and a female, engaging in sexual acts with the eight-year-old girl.

The girl’s mother, her step-father and the male friend were charged with a range of sexual penetration, indecent dealing and other
offences.

As part of the ongoing investigation, police are looking into further allegations that the girl was sexually assaulted on multiple other occasions between 2011 and 2016 by a number of adults during organised ‘swinging’ or group sex activities.

Yesterday, Taskforce officers executed search warrants at six properties in Perth and regional WA and arrested three more people.

No charges have been laid as yet and those people are continuing to assist police with their inquiries.

On Monday (March 26), a search warrant was also executed by Taskforce officers, with assistance from South Australian Police, on a residential property in South Australia. Various electronic storage devices were seized at that location.

A number of hard drives, laptops, thumb drives and mobile phones were seized by the Taskforce and are currently being forensically examined.

Detectives are in the process of identifying additional suspects from electronic recordings and other investigative means, both nationally and internationally, via the Australian Federal Police and Interpol.

Further arrests are anticipated and dozens of more charges expected to be laid.

The Taskforce is calling for public assistance to identify all the other people suspected of offending against these children.

Specifically, detectives believe there are people who engage in organised ‘swinging’ or group sex who may have heard about, or been unwittingly exposed to, activities involving children.

A 56-year-old man was charged with three counts of sexual penetration of a child under 13 Years and four counts of indecent dealings with child under 13 Years.

A 39-year-old woman has been charged with three counts of knowingly sexually penetrated a child who was a lineal/defacto relative, five counts of indecent dealings with a child who is a lineal relative or defacto child and four counts of encourages child to engage in sexual behaviour who was lineal relative.

A 45-year-old man was charged with three counts of knowingly sexually penetrated a child who was a lineal/defacto relative and encourages a child to engage in sexual behaviour who was lineal relative.

All are due back in the Perth Magistrates Court on April 18, 2018.

Anyone who has any knowledge of this child sexual abuse is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

Calls and reports to Crime Stoppers can be made anonymously.