Alleged child sex abuse ring busted in NSW Mid North Coast

Two men accused of being part of a large child abuse network have been arrested in Kendall,the Mid North Coast town from which William Tyrrell disappeared.

Police allege Timothy Doyle,26,sexually abused a child younger than 10 on two occasions and filmed it,producing child abuse material. He is also charged with one count of possessing child abuse material using a carriage service.

Police in Kendall on Thursday arrested Timothy Doyle and Steven Garrad.

Police in Kendall on Thursday arrested Timothy Doyle and Steven Garrad.Police Media

Investigators have also charged Steven Garrad,21,with six counts of sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and possessing child abuse material.

Both men are facing the prospect of life behind bars if convicted. They were formally refused bail in Port Macquarie Local Court on Friday.

“The despicable acts that we will allege in court that these men have committed are punishable with life imprisonment,such is the seriousness of the offences,” Child Abuse squad boss Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said.

"We understand the trauma connected to these crimes and we want victims to know if they come forward to report incidents,we will act swiftly and investigate thoroughly to deliver them justice.”

William Tyrrell disappeared in 2014.

William Tyrrell disappeared in 2014.NSW Department of Justice

Child sex abuse investigators were once again bought to the tiny town of Kendall and nearby Old Bar following a tip off from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

The arrests were the latest in a series that has seen nine men arrested and 14 children rescued from child abuse across the country this year.

Police allege analysis of evidence in previous arrests led them to the two men.

Further charges have not been ruled out,police said.

There is no suggestion that the men,who were in their teens at the timethree-year-old William Tyrrell vanished from his foster-grandmother's home in Kendall in 2014,were involved in his disappearance.

Sally Rawsthorne is a Crime Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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