Australian Federal Police has cracked a paedophile ring saving 56 kids and 11 animals from being exploited.
They arrested 26 people in relation to the crime and jailed the 31-year-old Grant Harden for 30 years behind bars.
The report reveals that a single USB drive led police to arrest after a cyber technician from the AFP was able to crack open the sophisticated device.
‘It’s gut-wrenching stuff, the whole of the material for Operation Arkstone is definitely the worst that I’ve seen and on the most extreme end. It is just the worst of the worst,’ AFP acting Sergeant Scott Veltmeyer told The Sydney Morning Herald.
‘A digital forensic specialist could find hidden files and vault applications that revealed this online network that operated locally, nationally and overseas.’
The operation has led to another 154 arrests in relation to this crime worldwide.
The acting sergeant Veltmeyer went on to say that the AFP was putting a lot of effort into hunting paedophiles.
‘Our investigators are relentless in their pursuit of anyone producing, sharing or accessing child abuse material, and we will continue to work with our domestic and international partners to bring these perpetrators to justice,’ he added.