The South Australia Police (SAPOL) investigation into the alleged child sex abuse perpetrated by a Families SA worker remains an absolute priority for the organisation.
Ten police officers are examining images and video material seized from the home of the 32-year-old accused man. Those officers include detective investigators, victim management and computer specialists and intelligence officers.
Each officer is limited to viewing the material for two hours per shift due to their horrendous and graphic nature. They have been selected to perform these duties due to their experience and specialised skill sets which assist them in this task and are supported by a police psychologist.
This investigation is complex and I provided advice to Government prior to Tuesday’s announcement, not to take any action that may lead to the identification of possible victims, witnesses, impede on the investigation or be prejudicial to the prosecution.
SAPOL understands the public’s deep anger and desire for further details of this case to be forthcoming. However, it must be remembered that the accused will face court to answer these allegations, and so it must remain SAPOL’s priority to protect the integrity of the judicial process so that justice can be served. While it may be difficult, SAPOL appreciates the understanding and patience of the wider community.
In the meantime, dedicated detectives continue to work with the Department of Education and Child Development (DECD) to review the work history of the accused for any pertinent information and evidence that may assist. While SAPOL takes advice from the agencies involved in child protection, ultimately the responsibility for who and what is investigated is a decision that rests with police.
Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson
South Australia Police