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Victorian Man Who Committed At Least 30 Child Sex Offences Arrested

A Victorian man wanted for historical child sex offences has been arrested following a joint investigation conducted by the Victoria Police and Queensland Police.

After nearly four years of relentless pursuit, the 53-year-old suspect was apprehended at a shopping centre in Cairns on 21 June.

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The accused individual had allegedly evaded court appearances on more than 30 child sex and indecent assault offences committed between 2009 and 2012. 

Following his arrest, the man was brought before the Cairns Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, where his extradition to Victoria was granted. 

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Detectives from the Knox Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team, who had been working on the case, travelled to Cairns to escort the suspect back to Victoria.

The team successfully escorted the individual back to Victoria yesterday afternoon.

The man is expected to face the Melbourne County Court today. 

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