A child sex abuse ring operating out of a circus school in western Sydney, Australia, forced young boys under the age of eight to undergo sadistic "blood rituals."
According to The Sun, "four women, two men, and a teenage girl will face 127 charges relating to the alleged ongoing torture between 2014 and 2016 in the Blue Mountains, New South Wales."
The Arcade Circus promotes itself as a "family friendly environment” that offers classes in juggling, aerial skills, acrobatics and unicycle riding. The circus training school website says: “All students are treated as equals and every student will feel welcome from their first day.”
After several reports of the sex abuse ring, detectives from the Child Abuse and Sex Crimes Squad began investigating in July of last year. Arrests were made on Monday.
Details of the alleged abuse were not released, however the charges are staggering.
"A 58-year-old woman, is listed to appear in Penrith Local Court on today," reports The Sun. "She has been charged with 43 offenses, including aggravated sexual assault of a child under 10, sexual intercourse with a child under 10 and aggravated kidnapping."
A lawyer representing four of the people charged with the horrific crimes told a court they all say “we didn’t do it."
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Three women and a man will face 69 charges relating to the alleged ongoing abuse of the boys, who were all under eight years old and connected to the school, between 2014 and 2016.
The four accused are linked to a circus school in Katoomba, around 100 kilometres west of Sydney’s CBD in the New South Wales Blue Mountains.
Solicitor Bryan Wrench appeared on behalf of the arrested three women aged 58, 29 and 26 and a 52-year-old man at the Penrith Local Court this afternoon.
“My first application today is that I would like it specifically noted that we are entering pleas of not guilty for all sequences, in all matters,” Mr. Wrench told Magistrate Stephen Corry. “They simply say we didn’t do it and there’s another side to the story [presented] by police and the media.”
Earlier this year, the famous circus clown who played "Grandma" confessed to coercing a 16-year-old teenage performer to strip and pose naked for pornographic pictures in 2004.