A 51-year-old man is set to appear in Brisbane Magistrates’ Court today (Friday October 1, 2021) charged with online child abuse offenses by the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET).
The investigation began after the Australian Center Against Child Exploitation (ACCCE) run by the Australian Federal Police discovered online conversations on the Telegram platform, in which one person spoke of child abuse. children.
AFP Brisbane JACET investigators have reportedly linked the Salisbury man to the Telegram account.
A search warrant was executed at the man’s home in September 2021 with investigators seizing an iPhone 8 and a laptop. Police reportedly found child abuse material (CAM) on the mobile phone and in cloud-based apps.
Police also found stored online conversations in which the man allegedly discussed his sexual interest in children and shared CAM on numerous digital communication platforms.
The man was charged with:
One count of possession of child pornography viewed or obtained using a transport service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
One count of using a transportation service to access child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22 (1) (a) (i) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
One count of transmission of child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 (1) (a) (iii) of the Penal Code Act 1995 (Cth); and
One count of using a transportation service to transmit an indecent communication to a person under the age of 16, contrary to section 474.27A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years imprisonment.
AFP Detective Superintendent Tim Puchala said the investigation shows how law enforcement around the world is working together to protect the most vulnerable in our community.
âIf you access, share and download child abuse material, you are contributing to a heinous industry and you will be found and prosecuted,â Detective Superintendent Puchala said.
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.