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Circus school quartet charged with child sex offences identified after court lifts order

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A group of people linked to a Blue Mountains circus school, who are charged with repeatedly raping and abusing three young boys, can be named after a Sydney court lifted a suppression order.

Therese Ann Cook, 58, her brother Paul Christopher Cook, 52, Yyani Cook-Williams, 29, and Clarissa Meredith, 23, are among a group of seven people who are collectively facing 127 charges including kidnapping, aggravated sexual assault of a child and making child abuse material.

Therese Ann Cook, 58, is among the group of seven charged.
Therese Ann Cook, 58, is among the group of seven charged. Photo: Facebook

The alleged abuse of the three boys, who police say were all younger than eight, reportedly included sadistic sex acts and "blood rituals".

Detectives allege Therese Ann Cook first abused two of the boys - aged three and seven - in 2015 before her co-accused ...
Detectives allege Therese Ann Cook first abused two of the boys - aged three and seven - in 2015 before her co-accused became involved at a later date. Photo: David Hill

Court documents allege the boys were raped, assaulted, filmed to make child abuse material, deprived of their liberty and threatened so they feared "physical or mental harm".

Some of the alleged assaults happened with more than one of the adults present, while others were allegedly filmed on a mobile phone.

Yyani Cook-Williams, 29, is one of the seven people who have been charged over historical alleged child sexual and ...
Yyani Cook-Williams, 29, is one of the seven people who have been charged over historical alleged child sexual and physical abuse. Photo: Facebook

Ms Meredith is accused of raping one of the boys seven times, detaining him to obtain gratification, assaulting him, and threatening him.

A 17-year-old girl, an 18-year-old man and a 20-year-old woman were also arrested on Monday after a long investigation by the Child Abuse Squad.

Yyani Cook-Williams can now be identified along with her co-accused after a Sydney court lifted a suppression order.
Yyani Cook-Williams can now be identified along with her co-accused after a Sydney court lifted a suppression order. Photo: Facebook

The trio appeared at a children's court on Tuesday where they did not apply for bail on charges including aggravated kidnapping, sexual intercourse with a child under 10, and aggravated sexual assault.

The 18-year-old man was charged with 42 of the 127 total offences.

The four who can now be named have all entered pleas of not guilty.

Lawyer Bryan Wrench, who is representing the group, told the court on Tuesday the accused deny the allegations against them.

"They simply say 'we didn't do this and there is another side to this story'," Mr Wrench said.

He said the four adults had never been in custody before and intended to apply for bail on February 16.

The others will return to court in March.

AAP, Fairfax Media 

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