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Child photographer charged with rape, child exploitation

Police generic, crime scene.  Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times
Police generic, crime scene. Photo Tessa Mapstone / South Burnett Times Tessa Mapstone

A GEEBUNG photographer, who allegedly lured parents to his business so could photograph their children, has been charged with 79 offences including rape and making child exploitation material.

Police have alleged the man, 38, ran an Enoggera based photographic studio specialising in "fine art photography" and "artistic dance portraits" of young children and solicited parents via social media.

A search warrant was executed at a Geebung address early this morning and this afternoon officers from State Crime Command's Taskforce Argos charged the man with 79 offences.

The charges include: 26 counts of indecent treatment, 30 counts of carnal knowledge of child under 16 13 counts of take child for immoral purposes and seven counts of rape.

He was also charged with one count each of making child exploitation material, supplying dangerous drugs to minor and stupefying in order to commit indictable offence.

Detective Inspector Jon Rouse of Taskforce Argos said the protracted investigation culminated today in a "significant number of very serious charges and the arrest of an individual that we will be alleging utilised a purportedly legitimate business as a front to procure and abuse children".

"The most important message today is to anyone that has any information they would like to provide police that may assist us in this or any other investigation, then we encourage them to call Crime Stoppers or Policelink."

The man is expected to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.

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