Two Mid-North Coast men facing charges in relation to an alleged domestic online network of child sex offenders across Australia have reappeared in court.
Timothy Luke Doyle and Steven Garrad appeared via video link before Magistrate Darcy in Port Macquarie Local Court on November 18.
Doyle and Garrad have made no application for bail. Bail was formally refused and the pair will reappear for committal on February 3, 2022 at Port Macquarie.
Doyle's charges relate to alleged incidents from 2014 through to 2020 at Kendall, Doonside, Bidwill, Old Bar, Taree, Parkes and Wingham.
Those charges include numerous counts of committing an act of indecency on a child, indecent assault and sexual intercourse with a child under 10.
The charges against Garrad relate to alleged incidents between 2016 and 2020 at Doonside, Bidwill, Old Bar and Kendall.
Those charges include numerous counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and 16, indecent assault, possession of child abuse material and intentionally sexually touch a child.
The mission to uncover and bust the alleged child abuse ring was given the title Operation Arkstone.
Doyle and Garrad were charged following an Australian Federal Police-led investigation.
Numerous 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).
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