A DISTURBING number of accused child sex offenders are before the Maryborough District Court, this month's listings have revealed.
Rape, indecent treatment and child pornography charges litter the list and accompany at least half of the names marked down for the current sittings.
One man faces more than 20 child abuse offences while another is charged with nine counts of maintaining a sexual relationship with a child.
Fourteen of the 16 people charged with child sex offences are currently on bail.
Several charges relate to online sexual offences.
As recently as yesterday, 56-year-old Gregory John Bick was convicted of possessing child exploitation material and jailed for a minimum of six months.
Wide Bay Burnett District Detective Acting Inspector Nikki Colfs said police regularly conducted covert operations to monitor internet sites and track potential predators. Any allegation of child sex abuse was treated with the upmost seriousness and immediate action was taken to prevent any further risk of harm.
She also ensured anyone wishing to make a complaint that specially trained detectives were on hand to handle child-related offences with sensitivity.