NSW man has accused over 10 terabytes of suspected child abuse material

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Editor’s note: Vision of the arrest and audio clips of AFP Detective Sergeant Jarryd Dunbar are available via hightail.

A NSW man has been charged with multiple offenses relating to child abuse by the AFP and appeared in Gosford Local Court today (June 22, 2022).

The 55-year-old came to the attention of police when the AFP-run Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report about an Australian user who allegedly downloaded child pornography via a file sharing network.

AFP investigators reportedly linked the IP address to the man’s home in North Gosford in the Central Coast region of NSW.

The man was arrested during a search warrant at his home yesterday (June 21, 2022) where investigators seized a large volume of electronic devices which are now undergoing further forensic examination.

The devices seized by AFP agents are believed to contain around 10 terabytes of child pornography content. This amount of data is equivalent to approximately 520 million WhatsApp messages or 65 million documents.

AFP Detective Sergeant Jarryd Dunbar said accessing a video or image of a child victim of sexual abuse is not a victimless crime.

“The re-victimization of child sexual abuse victims happens every time these images and videos are viewed and shared,” said Detective Sergeant Dunbar.

“The perpetual abuse of these victims will not go uncovered or unchallenged and AFP will use all the tools at our disposal to bring this offense to light and end the cycle of abuse.”

The man was charged with:

  • Four counts of possession or control of child pornography obtained or viewed using a transportation service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Penal Code 1995 (Cth); and
  • One count of using a transport service to access material, such material being child pornography, contrary to section 474.22(1)(a)(i) of the Penal Code 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 Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation is leading a national collaborative 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 around 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.

Media inquiries

AFP media: (02) 5126 9297

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