Abduction ring accused in Brisbane court

Dr William Russell Massingham Pridgeon (right).
Dr William Russell Massingham Pridgeon (right).

A NSW doctor allegedly involved in an abduction ring that helped mothers kidnap and hide away their children says he is looking forward to the truth coming out. 

William Russell Massingham Pridgeon, a 64-year-old Grafton doctor, is among those charged for their roles in an alleged network that evaded detection for a decade.

He appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, where magistrate Annette Hennessy moderated bail conditions stemming from accusations that he helped two mothers abduct and disguise their children, sometimes for years.

Outside court, he thanked police for their courtesy and kindness.

"I'm looking very forward to the truth of this matter coming out because the crimes involved here are horrendous, okay, and the crimes have been covered up by many people who shouldn't have," Pridgeon told reporters.  

"I'm looking forward to exposing that and I intend to."

Federal police allege Pridgeon was the main financial backer and planner behind efforts to help the two women, contrary to family law orders.

He is disputing two counts of conspiracy to defeat justice and dealing in the proceeds of crime to the value $100,000, along with two counts of child stealing and unlawful stalking.

The founder of the Australian Anti-Paedophile Party also owns a yacht in Perth that police allege was going to be used to smuggle kidnapped children from Western Australia to Tasmania and then on to New Zealand.

The group were allegedly helped over the years by supporters who provided food, money, accommodation and transport during the abductions. 

Australian Associated Press