This is the moment an accused Australian pervert is marched from his home after a tip off from US authorities led police to an alleged den of child abuse material and drugs.
Shane William Boylan, 48, will face a Sydney court on Wednesday charged with a string of offences including allegedly possessing child exploitation material and supplying party drugs.
Boylan was arrested by the AFP and NSW Police about a week ago after detectives were briefed about an Australian social media account allegedly posting child abuse material.
The alleged pervert’s online slip-up led police to raid Boylan’s blond-brick home in Caringbah, in the city’s south – where officers claim to have found more than they bargained for.
Shane William Boylan (on right, in hoodie and shorts) is walked from his home in Caringbah, in Sydney’s south, to a waiting police car
Federal and NSW Police swooped on his blond brick apartment after a tip off from US authorities
As they seized Boylan’s electronic devices, officers also allegedly found 15 litres of the party drug precursor, GBL; 100grams of ecstasy (MDMA), small quantities of ice and cannabis, a Taser and a bulletproof vest.
Following the search, a female police officer led Boylan from his home to a waiting police car.
Shocked neighbours watched on as he clambered into the back of police car and officers heaped his possessions out the front.
Boylan’s arrest comes amid an increasing trend of US authorities alerting Australian agencies to child abuse posts on social media.
In this case the arrest came about after the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children provided information to the Federal Police.
A similar tip off from that organisation has led to a network of nine alleged Australian predators across three states being smashed by police over the past five months.
Some of those arrested have been hit with rape and bestiality charges.
Separately, nine men have been arrested and one of Australia’s largest child sex rings smashed as a result of another tip off from the same US organisation
Two of the men were arrested at homes near Kendall, where Australia’s most famous missing child, William Tyrrell, went missing in September 2014.
OPERATION SALAMIS: CHARGES AGAINST SHANE BOYLAN
· Using a carriage service to access child abuse material (one charge)
· Possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed through a carriage service (two charges)
· Supply prohibited drug greater or equal large commercial quantity (one charge)
· Supply prohibited drug greater or equal to commercial quantity (one charge)
– Possess or use a prohibited weapon without permit (two charges)
A TV news library worker from the Central Coast of New South Wales was also among those arrested.
Boylan’s arrest isn’t believed to be linked to such an abuse network.
But a senior Federal officer said child abuse-related investigations increasingly have international dimensions.
‘When a file is shared online it crosses national and international borders in the click of a button,’ Detective Sergeant Joel Wheeler said.
‘That click amplifies the horrific and lifelong impacts of the abuse suffered by victims.
‘By working closely with our law enforcement counterparts across the world, we can tighten the net around those who continue to target and abuse the most vulnerable in our community – our children.’
Boylan was charged with possessing or controlling child abuse material, using a carriage service to transmit it, supplying commercial quantities of drugs and weapons charges.
Those charges carry a maximum penalty of up to 15 years imprisonment.
He has been refused bail and will appear in front of a Sutherland Local Court magistrate today.