Timothy Doyle, Steven Garrad facing over 420 charges relating to alleged network of child sex offenders

Port Macquarie Local Court
Port Macquarie Local Court

Two Mid-North Coast men facing a combined total of more than 425 charges in relation to an alleged domestic online network of child sex offenders have reappeared in Port Macquarie Local Court.

Timothy Luke Doyle, 27 and Steven Garrad, 22 both from Kendall were not required to front the court for the hearing.

Magistrate Georgina Darcy refused the pair bail during the brief hearing.

No pleas have been entered.

Police prosecutor Karen Griffin told the court she was seeking an adjournment to December 17.

"There are still some outstanding issues with these matters," she told the court.

"We will have the brief compliance on the next hearing.

"I am also instructed that these (matters) will be going to a specialist DPP (Department of Public Prosecutor's) unit.

"I understand that I will need to seek an extension to some of those charges."

Magistrate Darcy extended the date to file charge certificates.

Doyle and Garrad were charged following an Australian Federal Police-led investigation.

Seven other men, across three states, have also been charged as part of Operation Arkstone.

The operation was launched in early 2020 after a tip-off from the United States' National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children to the AFP's Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE).

Doyle is charged with 99 counts of using a child under 14 years to make child abuse material; 66 counts of indecent assault on person under 16 years; 61 counts of sexual intercourse with a child under the age of 10 years and 23 counts of intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years.

Doyle is also facing, 16 counts of having sexual intercourse with a child over 10 years and under 16 years and 13 counts of intentionally sexually touching a child over 10 years and under 16 years.

He is also charged with four counts of using a carriage service to transmit/publish/promote child abuse and having sexual intercourse with a person over 14 years.

He is further charged with two counts each of, producing child abuse material, possess child abuse material using a carriage service, possess/control child abuse material using a carriage service, incite a person under 16 years to commit an act of indecency and use a carriage service to send indecent material to a person.

Other charges include, one count each of, commit act of indecency with person under 16 years, aggravated indecent assault - victim under authority, disseminate child abuse material, procure child to produce child abuse material, sexual intercourse without consent, use a carriage service to solicit child abuse material and, use carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex.

The charges relate to alleged incidents from 2014 through to 2020 at Kendall, Doonside, Bidwill, Old Bar, Taree, Parkes and Wingham.

Garrad is facing 54 counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 years; 18 counts of using a child under 14 years to make child abuse material; and 14 counts of indecent assault on a person aged under 16 years of age.

He is also charged with 11 counts of having sexual intercourse with a person over 10 years; nine counts of intentionally sexually touching a child under 10 years and six counts of using a carriage service to publish/transmit/promote child abuse.

Garrad is also facing four counts of indecent assault on a person under 16 years and two counts of using a carriage service to solicit child abuse material.

He also faces, one count each of, intentionally sexually touching a child over 10 years and under 16 years, aggravated indecent assault, victim under authority, possess child abuse material using carriage service, using a carriage service to send indecent material to another person, using a carriage service to groom under 16 years for sex and possess child abuse material.

The charges related to alleged incidents between 2016 and 2020 at Doonside, Bidwill, Old Bar and Kendall.

Magistrate Darcy adjourned all matters against the two men to the Port Macquarie Local Court on Thursday December 17.

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