LOCAL ASSISTANCE HELPS LOCK-UP AMERICAN CHILD PORN COUPLE

Tuesday August 27 2013

– A woman arrested after Victorian police traced child pornography found at a Melbourne home to the United States has been jailed for at least 25 years. Laura Shauger had pleaded guilty to creating and possessing child pornography and faced a mandatory minimum of 15 years. Her boyfriend, Patrick Mergen, was also sentenced in April to a minimum of 25 years. The couple was arrested a year ago after a joint operation between Taskforce Astraea – the Victoria Police unit tackling online child abuse – and US authorities. The hunt for Mergen and Shauger began in late 2011, when a young couple from the south-eastern Melbourne suburb of Langwarrin – Craig Stanley and Rebecca Michels – were reported missing. On November 19th, Stanley was arrested at a supermarket in Dimboola and Michels was found soon after at a nearby campsite. They were charged with child pornography offences and Stanley was also accused of an indecent act with a child. Astraea detectives had been analysing child abuse images found at the couple’s home – Dan Oakes

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