The ABC has learned of a string of sexual assaults on children that have been reported to police, but have so far been refused by police.
Key points:Police have been investigating a series of alleged sexual assaults involving children and adults in the WA regionThe victims have all been identified as boys aged 10 to 14The victims were allegedly groomed by paedophiliacs and groomed for sexual purposesPolice say they have no choice but to follow the child’s leadPolice say the crimes are a matter of urgencyThe ABC understands the cases are the result of a nationwide campaign targeting paedophilia, with police warning there are a number of children who have been groomed and groomers who are free to go.
Key point:Police say there are an increasing number of paedophile grooming cases in WAThe number of child sexual assaults reported to WA police is increasing across the state, and a national campaign is underwayPolice are asking anyone with information to come forward, especially young people who are victims of grooming.
In most cases, the perpetrators were identified by other victims who were vulnerable, and those victims have not been identified.
In many cases, those victims were in a vulnerable state, or a person with an addiction to alcohol or drugs, or had other serious or complex medical conditions.
“We’re in a very vulnerable position,” Detective Superintendent Nick O’Dwyer said.
“In these cases, we have no other choice but that the child go to the police.”
The only thing that can save that child is if they come forward and say to us that this is what happened to them.
“Detective Superintendent O’Dea says the number of reported cases is growing.”
It’s not just a matter for us to address.
It’s also a matter to make sure that the community is aware that we are not in a position where we can’t act in a responsible way.
“Det Chief Inspector Paul Hinchliffe said there was no other way of keeping children safe than by following their lead.”
To me, it’s a matter we can and should all be taking very seriously,” he said.
Police have asked the public to report sexual assaults to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
Detective Inspector Hinchmold said while some victims had told police about the offences, others had not.”
When people do say that they are victims, we can be reassured that in these instances we have made the determination that the case should be referred to the appropriate police department,” he told the ABC.”
This does not mean we’re not taking these reports seriously and will be investigating all reports as they come to us.
“Det Insp Hinchfliiffe said the investigation into the crimes would take time and he would need more time to identify the offenders and the children.”
There is a considerable amount of information that needs to be done to get to the bottom of this.
The information that has come to our attention is of an extremely high standard and we will work hard to gather that as much information as possible,” he added.
Det Insp O’Keefe said the department’s focus was on children.
He said the police department was in the process of identifying those people who were grooming young people in WA.”
I think we have identified quite a number, but it’s not at this stage where we are saying we have all of them,” he explained.”
That’s why we need to continue to work with the child witnesses and those who have identified these people to come to the fore and provide that information.
“Det Superintendent O-Dwiley said the victims in this case were “well known” in the area.”
They are people who have a very good reputation,” he continued.”
If they are willing to go to a police station to give evidence to a criminal investigation and provide information that can assist us, that’s what we are after.
“Det Sergeant Andrew Horsley said it was “not surprising” that many of the perpetrators had not been caught, but that there were also many who were not willing to cooperate.”
Sometimes we need more information to make that determination.
It will be a long process, but the outcome will be that these people are identified and brought to justice,” he warned.”
Unfortunately, that is the nature of the profession.
We don’t always get it right.
“Det Sgt Horsleys investigations were funded by the WA Police Commission.
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