Brisbane man charged with material child abuse offenses

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A 50-year-old man from Brisbane appeared today (Friday, August 6, 2021) in Brisbane Magistrates’ Court on charges of material child abuse offenses following an Australian Federal Police operation ( AFP).

The investigation began in early 2021 after the AFP-led Australian Child Exploitation Center (ACCCE) received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States regarding material of child abuse that would have been accessed and transmitted through Google accounts.

AFP child protection investigators have identified a man from Queensland who is believed to be linked to the material. AFP yesterday executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Wooloowin and seized three devices for further examination.

The man was taken to Brisbane Watch House and denied bail to appear in Brisbane Magistrates’ Court today, charged with; possess child pornography material obtained or accessed using a transport service, use a transport service to access child pornography and use a transport service to transmit child pornography.

The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years imprisonment.

He is then due to appear on October 1, 2021.

AFP’s Detective Superintendent of Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said police would remain committed to investigating anyone sharing or accessing child pornography.

“Sexual abuse has a devastating impact on children and their families and the spread of this vile material continues to abuse these children in another form,” said Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson.

“Despite the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and associated restrictions, AFP has not stopped operational activities to protect children. We have child protection teams across Australia that continue to operate. investigate and execute search warrants. “

The AFP-led 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 is available at ThinkUKnow, an education program run by AFP and designed to prevent the sexual exploitation of children by line.

Note to media:

Use of the term “CHILD VIOLATION” AND NOT “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY”

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the change to this wording was part of the changes to Commonwealth law in 2019 to more accurately reflect the seriousness of the crime and 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 enduring horrific abuse.

Each photo or video captures an actual situation in which a child has been abused.

Media inquiries

AFP media: (02) 5126 9297

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