NSW man charged with online child abuse offenses

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A New South Wales man, 24, is due to appear in Liverpool Local Court today (November 3, 2022) charged with passing indecent material to children under 16.

AFP child protection operations investigators charged the man yesterday (November 2, 2022).

Police are said to have identified the man while investigating a report by the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) of a user downloading child pornography online.

AFP investigators have reportedly linked the Liverpool man to illegal online activity.

A search warrant was executed at the man’s home in Liverpool yesterday, with investigators seizing a personal computer and a mobile phone. The devices will be subject to further forensic examination.

AFP Senior Constable Mustafa Annous said authorities have urged parents and guardians to help keep children safe.

“Please tell children about the platforms, apps and games they use and remind them never to reveal personal information to friends they have met online,” Senior Constable Annous said.

“Supervision is not only essential to help prevent an incident, but can also help adults act quickly if they need to alert law enforcement.

“If your child has been targeted, reassure them that it is not their fault and that there is help available – children and young people are never responsible for being sexually exploited children online.”

The man was charged with two counts of transmitting indecent communications to persons under the age of 16, contrary to Section 474.27A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for offenses is 15 years imprisonment.

AFP and its partners are committed to ending the exploitation and abuse of children and the Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation (ACCCE) is leading a collaborative national approach to tackling 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 kids online.

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