A woman suspected of being one of the partners of an alleged sex cult leader has been charged as police continue to investigate the group.
One of the partners of a man who runs a polyamorous BDSM group on a rural farm will appear in court on Tuesday after being arrested and charged with his alleged involvement in a sex “cult” involving minors.
Australian Federal Police arrested the 22-year-old woman, believed to be the partner of James Robert Davis, in Blacktown on Monday in Operation Saintes, which was launched earlier this year to crack down on sexual servitude offenses.
Police allege in court that the woman was involved in a sex sect involving people under the age of 16. She is also accused of passing on child abuse material.
In a statement on Tuesday, AFP confirmed that a woman was arrested during the ongoing investigation and charged with 12 offenses, including six counts of using a transport service to prepare or plan sexual activity with someone under the age of 16 and 5. counts of using the transport service for child pornography.
Police also allege the woman illegally obtained morphine from a hospital.
“A hospital-grade IV bag containing 30 grams of morphine was seized from the Yarrowyck house in March 2021,” AFP said in a statement.
The woman faces up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.
AFP said the woman’s arrest came as part of an investigation into Mr Davis, 40, of Yarrowyck near Armidale, who has been charged with three offenses of slavery and servitude sexual intercourse concerning a woman in March.
Mr Davis, the master of a group dubbed the ‘House of Cadifor’, was arrested earlier on allegations that he kept a woman as a slave in the eastern suburbs of Sydney between 2012 and 2015.
Police alleged that Mr Davis coerced the woman into signing what he claimed was a “legally binding” contract to control her, forced her into prostitution without pay and physically assaulted her.
Mr. Davis faces nearly 60 charges spanning two decades, including sexual assault charges and animal cruelty offenses.
He had defended previous charges and is in court.
“AFP investigators have worked tirelessly to investigate this case, and further analysis of the material seized in the March 2021 search warrants resulted in these charges against a second person. AFP will not rule out further charges in this case, “Detective Commissioner Craig Bellis said.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact AFP at 131 AFP (131 237) or Crime Stoppers at 1800 333 000.