A 62-year-old West End man is set to appear in Brisbane Magistrates’ Court today (Friday, October 22, 2021) after being charged with child abuse offenses by the Joint Anti-Childhood Team child exploitation of Brisbane (JACET) from AFP.
The man was arrested in an investigation that began earlier this month when Brisbane JACET charged another Queensland man with a number of child sex offenses.
During a scan of this man’s iPhone, investigators reportedly uncovered a number of chat logs with various people discussing mutual sexual interest in children. One of those chats was with a Telegram app user.
The two reportedly shared child abuse material (CAM) for fun and discussed their common desire to abuse a child themselves.
Brisbane JACET investigators reportedly linked the West End man to the cell phone number associated with the Telegram account.
A search warrant was executed at the man’s home in September 2021, as investigators seized a number of electronic devices.
The man was arrested and charged with:
- One count of possession of child pornography viewed or obtained using a transport service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
- One count of using a transportation service to access child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22 (1) (a) (i) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
- One count of transmission of child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 (1) (a) (iii) of the 1995 Criminal Code (Cth); and
- One count of manufacturing child exploitation equipment, contrary to section 228B of Criminal Code 1899 (Qld).
The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years imprisonment.
AFP Sergeant Bianca Warland said the arrest demonstrates that offenders cannot remain anonymous forever and that they will be apprehended for their role in perpetuating harm to children.
âThese individuals continue to support a heinous industry to satisfy their desires and will continue to do so until they are caught,â Sgt. Warland said.
âWhile this work is heartbreaking, our investigators are relentless in their quest to identify and prosecute suspected offenders.â
ACCCE is committed to ending the exploitation and abuse of children and is at the center of a collaborative national approach to tackle organized child abuse.
The Center brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.
Members of the public who have information on those involved in child abuse and exploitation are encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-333,000 or report online.
If you or someone you know is affected by child sexual abuse and online exploitation, support services are available.
Advice and support for parents and caregivers on how they can help protect children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an education program run by AFP and designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children. in line.