A 27-year-old South Australian man pleaded guilty in Adelaide Magistrates’ Court yesterday (17 November 2022) to online child abuse offenses.
It was the man’s first court appearance after he was charged in September with two offenses of online child abuse.
The investigation began in March 2022 after the SA Joint Child Exploitation Team (JACET) – made up of officers from AFP and South Australian Police – received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) regarding the uploading of child pornography. to social networks.
Investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Adelaide Hill on September 5, 2022, where they located and examined an external storage device, two laptops, a mobile phone and a desktop computer. The devices were then seized for further forensic examination.
The man was later arrested in Adelaide CBD (September 5, 2022) and charged with:
- One count of possession or control of child pornography obtained or accessed using a carrier service contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); and
- One count of using a carrier service for child pornography contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years imprisonment.
AFP Detective Sergeant Joe Barry said the arrest was another reminder of the commitment of the AFP and its state, territorial and international law enforcement partners to protect children and identify and prosecute anyone who seeks to exploit and harm them.
“Our common goal is to protect children, wherever they live, and to ensure that anyone who tries to harm them is identified and brought to justice,” he said.
The man is then due to appear in Adelaide District Court to be arraigned on January 13, 2023.
AFP and its partners are committed to ending child exploitation and abuse and the Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation is leading a collaborative national approach to tackle 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 Closing The Net podcast on your favorite streaming platform.
If you or someone you know is affected by online child sexual abuse and 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 is available at www.thinkuknow.org.au, an educational program run by AFP and designed to prevent sexual exploitation children online.