Two people have appeared in court accused of playing a role in a
"dark web" child sex ring.
Maria Alfonzo, 31, is also accused of having sex with a dog in
Alnwick , Northumberland.
Co-defendant Caroline Scurr also faces multiple child sex
allegations, reports ChronicleLive.
All the alleged offences are said to have occurred this year.
They, along with a third defendant Simon Mallen, are accused of
arranging or facilitating the commission of a child sex offence.
Neither female defendant entered a plea at South East
Northumberland Magistrates' Court. Their co-accused, Mallen, was
Scurr, 42, of North Shields, remained largely silent throughout
the 20-minute hearing, only speaking to confirm details
including her address.
Alfonzo, who gave her nationality as Venezuelan, appeared via
She faces a separate charge of allowing sexual penetration by a
living animal, namely a dog.
Alfonzo, whose last listed address was Kingskerswell, in Devon,
was remanded into custody.
Magistrates granted Scurr conditional bail. Her conditions
include having no contact with any child under 16.
Both defendants will next appear at Newcastle Crown Court on
January 8. The court heard the case has been reserved for Judge