A father-of-two has opened up about his seven-month nightmare where he was thrown in jail and wrongly accused of being a paedophile.
Stephen Thompson, using a pseudonym, described how his entire world came crashing down in May last year when dramatically arrested him while he was driving to the office.
He was just 200m down the road when a police van and two black 4WDs marked with Public Order logos turned on their sirens.
A father-of-two has opened up about his seven-month nightmare that saw him thrown in jail and wrongly accused of being a vile paedophileInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
'I just remember thinking: 'What on earth is going on here?... (Then one of the vehicles) came up alongside me, and it was full of people in riot gear with windows down, and (they were) screaming — I was then in absolute shock as I realised it was me they were chasing,' Mr Thompson told the Daily Telegraph.
They dragged him out of his car and pressed his face against the road while they cable-tied his hands behind his back.
The stunned father was certain the officers would soon realise they made a terrible mistake and apologise.
But when he said his name to two detectives who approached they informed him he was under arrest for dozens child sex abuse crimes.
Still reeling and in a state of utter disbelief, the grim situation quickly became even worse when he was taken to the local police station.
Investigators explained he was charged with 88 crimes, many of them heinous and vile including distribution of child porn, stalking, assault and dozens of counts of raping a child under 10.
I could just imagine the rumours circulating around the district by now and (that I was) branded a paedophile,' Mr Thompson said (stock image)
Mr Thompson remained in Parklea Correctional Centre (pictured) for six days before his lawyer Simon Joyner lodged a successful bail applicationInsurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
The family man was accused in a 20-page summary of charges of carrying out a decade-long campaign of sexual violence against a young girl, beginning in 2007.
'I felt sick the more I read, it was absolutely disgusting. It was so extreme and crazy … After reading the 88 charges, I just broke down. I could just imagine the rumours circulating around the district by now and (that I was) branded a paedophile,' Mr Thompson said.
As he sat in a jail cell, police raided his home