Adelaide man, 21, jailed for online child abuse charges

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Editor’s note: Image and footage of the man’s arrest in 2020 is available via Hightail

An Adelaide man who was arrested when he went to meet a ‘girl’ he treated online was sentenced to six years in prison by the District Court of South Australia yesterday (June 14 2022).

The man, now 21, pleaded guilty in August 2021 to 13 offenses relating to online child abuse, including using a ride service for sexual activity with an elderly person. under 16 years old.

He was 19 when he was arrested by the South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) at a train station in August 2020.

The man thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl he had had sexually explicit exchanges with online, but it was actually an undercover cop posing as a child.

SA JACET investigators – made up of officers from AFP and South Australia Police – searched the man’s home after his arrest and found child pornography material on electronic devices. Some of the material involved young children being sexually abused, while other files were sexually explicit videos self-produced by teenage girls he had groomed and manipulated.

In February 2020, the AFP-led Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about an Australian who allegedly uploaded child pornography to social networks.

The ACCCE identified the man as the person who uploaded the obnoxious image.

A secret police agent posed as a girl and the man quickly spoke to her via social media. He was arrested when he went to meet her in person.

Acting AFP Detective Superintendent Ben Moses said he was happy on the occasion that a child in Adelaide had not been on his way to meet an adult who was considering abusing them.

“We want parents and caregivers to understand how their children are being targeted and how predators are abusing technology to try to invite themselves into children’s rooms,” Deputy Detective Moses said.

“Please remind children never to meet anyone they only know online or to give these online ‘friends’ any personal information that could help someone find them.”

Deputy Superintendent and Detective Moses said the case should also be a warning to adults trying to prey on children online.

“AFP and our partners have agents working on a range of online platforms to identify people trying to harm children. The next ‘child’ you try to exploit could instead be a police officer,” he said. -he says.

The man was found guilty of 13 offences:

  • Four counts of using a transportation service for sexual activity with a person under the age of 16, contrary to section 474.25A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of using a transportation service to recruit a person under the age of 16, contrary to section 474.26 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • Three counts of using a transportation service to access or obtain child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of using a transportation service to solicit child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of using a carrier service to transmit child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of using a carrier service to transmit child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of possession or control of child pornography obtained or viewed using a transportation service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of using a transportation service to transmit an indecent communication to a person under the age of 16, contrary to section 474.27A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The man was sentenced to three years in prison before he could apply for parole.

AFP and its partners are committed to ending the exploitation and abuse of children and the ACCCE is leading a collaborative national approach to address child abuse.

The ACCCE brings together specialist expertise and skills in one central hub, supporting investigations of online child sexual exploitation and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have information about those involved in child abuse and exploitation are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.accce.gov.au/report. If you know abuse is happening at the moment or a child is in danger, call the police immediately on 000.

Research by the ACCCE in 2020 found that only about half of parents talk to their children about online safety.

An award-winning podcast launched last year by the ACCCE “Closing The Net” strives to change that, showing that knowledge is power and that our only chance to help prevent this problem is to provide an answer” to the whole community”. .

The podcast series offers valuable advice and tips on how to keep children safe online. Listen to the close the net podcast on your favorite streaming platform.

If you or someone you know is affected by child sexual abuse and online exploitation, support services are available at www.accce.gov.au/support.

Advice and support for parents and guardians on how they can help protect children online can be found at www.thinkuknow.org.auan education program run by AFP and designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

Note to media:

Use of the term ‘CHILD ABUSE’ MATERIAL AND NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was part of amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the seriousness of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

The use of the term “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child sex offenders because it:

  • indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the aggressor; and
  • conjures up images of children posing in “provocative” positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Each photograph or video captures a real situation where a child has been abused.

Media inquiries:
National media AFP: (02) 5126 9297

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