Published Monday, 23 September 2013
A senior investigating officer and a major investigation team from Crime Operations have now been appointed to lead the inquiry.
Before that the so-called Operation Owl lay with district policing. The current team will still work alongside the new unit.
UTV Correspondent Sharon O'Neill, who first broke the story, said this latest development is a sign of how major the investigation is.
She explained: "Well, ten days ago we knew nothing about this investigation until we broke the story of what exactly was going on behind the scenes. Since then we've had the Chief Constable before the justice committee, we've had politicians talk about this whole affair, what can be done and what was done at the time, what wasn't done - and now this latest move.
It is a sign of just how big this investigation has become and how seriously police are treating this
"Police are telling me this isn't surprising, this is what happens when a case develops but it does give you a sign of how big this investigation has become.
"I understand there were high-level talks over the last few days and that this latest move is the outcome of that. Police say this was done to bring 'additional capacity' to the investigation - an investigation which is very complex but could now go forward quickly."
It was revealed that 22 young people between 13 and 18 in care here had been abused.
Police have confirmed that 18 children identified as potential victims went missing from care more than 400 times in a year and a half.
Officers believe most of the men involved are in their early 20s, although they range from teenagers to 60 year olds. More than 30 arrests have been made so far.
Health Minister Edwin Poots is currently considering a review into the revelations.
Sharon continued: "That is almost certain. I understand the terms of reference are being sorted out. And of course the Chief Constable has backed a joint review with justice.
"But for some that is not enough. The chair of the health committee has tabled a motion calling for an inquiry. That will be heard next Monday."
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