South Australian man charged with online child abuse offenses

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This is a joint publication between the Australian Federal Police and South Australian Police

A 61-year-old man is due to appear at Adelaide Magistrates’ Court today (18 May 2022) charged by South Australia’s Joint Child Exploitation Team (JACET) with accessing to online child pornography.

The man was charged on March 17, 2022 after officers searched his home in suburban Adelaide and allegedly found child pornography material on a mobile phone.

The arrest was the result of an investigation opened after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received a recommendation from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

SA JACET, which includes officers from AFP and SA Police, seized a number of electronic devices during the search of the man’s home and these will be subject to medical examination. more legal.

Acting AFP Detective Superintendent Ben Moses said the charges demonstrate the commitment of the AFP, South African police and other partners to investigate and charge offenders suspected of being involved in the exploitation of children.

“This work is heartbreaking, but our investigators are relentless in their pursuit of anyone who accesses child pornography material, and they will follow up on any information to bring these individuals to justice,” he said.

South African Police Detective Superintendent James Blandford said the partnership between AFP and state police has led to a powerful approach to enforcement and disruption of child sex offenders, which has a global reach.

“No matter who you are, where you are or who you offend against, JACET will find you and hold you to account,” Detective Superintendent Blandford said.

The man was charged with:

  • Possessing or controlling child pornography, obtained or viewed using a carrier service, contrary to Section 474.22A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); and
  • Using a carrier service to access child pornography contrary to section 474.22(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years imprisonment.

AFP is urging the public to help it resolve investigations into cold cases of child abuse through its Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object initiative.

The smallest clue can often help solve a case. The world-renowned initiative focuses on posting non-confrontational images that can be seen in child exploitation material online, such as clothing or bedding.

Australian investigators believe the footage is linked to victims in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, and are calling on the community to view the footage and report on the ACCCE website.

AFP and its partners are committed to ending the exploitation and abuse of children and the ACCCE is at the center of a collaborative national approach.

The ACCCE brings together specialist expertise and skills in one central hub, supporting child sexual abuse investigations and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online.

If you know abuse is happening at the moment or a child is in danger, call the police immediately on 000.

If you or someone you know is affected by child sexual abuse and online exploitation, there is support services available.

Advice and support for parents and guardians on how they can help protect children online can be found at Think UK Nowan education program run by AFP and designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

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