Editor’s note: The vision of the arrest is available via Hightail.
A New South Wales man, 26, has been charged with seven counts of child abuse-related offenses by AFP’s child protection operations team.
The man, from the Hunter area, is due to appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court today (August 12, 2022) following his arrest yesterday.
The AFP investigation began after the AFP-run Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). States regarding a user uploading child pornography to multiple online platforms.
AFP investigators reportedly linked the man to the accounts uploading the material.
A search warrant was executed at his home on August 11, with investigators seizing a cellphone and laptop that allegedly contained child pornography material. Digital devices will be subject to further forensic examination.
AFP Detective Sergeant Navi Pandher has warned that viewing, downloading or buying child pornography is not a victimless crime.
“There is no less culpable option when it comes to this type of offence. Child abuse material is a record of horrific child abuse and if you seek it out you are supporting an industry that preys on children,’ D/Sgt Pandher said.
The man was charged with:
- Two counts of using a carrier service to transmit child pornography, contrary to section 474.22(1)(a)(iii) of the Penal Code 1995 (Cth);
- Two counts of using a transportation service to solicit child pornography, contrary to section 474.22(1)(a)(iv) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
- Two counts 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); and
- Using a carrier service to access child pornography, contrary to section 474.22(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years imprisonment.
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.
AFP media: (02) 5126 9297