Police investigating the case of a Families SA worker accused of sexually abusing seven children and producing child pornography are supported by a psychologist due to the “horrendous” nature of the material.
Steps are also being taken to limit the exposure of the 10 officers to the thousands of images and video files seized from the home of the 32-year-old accused man, who cannot be named for legal reasons.
“Each officer is limited to viewing the material for two hours per shift due to their horrendous and graphic nature,” South Australian Police (SAPOL) Assistant Commissioner Paul Dickson said in a statement.
“Those officers include detective investigators, victim management and computer specialists and intelligence officers.
“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.”
Mr Dickson also said he understood the “deep anger” the case had triggered in the South Australian community, and so the demand for more information to be made public.
He said police had cautioned the state government to ensure its public statements on the case did not identify possible victims, or witnesses, as this could impede the investigation or the running of a fair trial.
“SAPOL understands the public’s deep anger and desire for further details of this case to be forthcoming,” Mr Dickson said.
“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.”
Mr Dickson also confirmed the investigation would examine the man’s work history.
There have been reports he was the subject of an earlier investigation into alleged inappropriate behaviour involving a female toddler in his care, though he was cleared to again work with children.
Premier Jay Weatherill has flagged setting up a royal commission into the case.