A 36-year-old man is due to appear in Sydney Central Local Court tomorrow morning (Thursday March 10, 2022) charged with online child abuse offenses by the Australian Federal Police.
AFP’s Eastern Command child protection operations team charged the NSW man earlier today (9 March 2022) after officers searched his Kensington home and allegedly found material child pornography on two cell phones and a laptop.
He would have been identified following the analysis of the data seized during the arrest last week of a 26-year-old man from the Lower North Shore. Press release here.
Police have seized the electronic devices found at the 36-year-old’s home and they will be subject to further forensic examination.
The man was arrested and charged with:
- Possessing child pornography contrary to section 91H(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). The maximum penalty for this offense is 10 years imprisonment; and
- Three 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). The maximum penalty for this offense is 15 years imprisonment; and
- Use the Transport Service to transmit, make available, publish, distribute or promote child pornography, contrary to Section 474.22(1)(a)(iii) of the Penal Code 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offense is 15 years imprisonment.
AFP Detective Sergeant Jarryd Dunbar said AFP officers were working tirelessly to ensure anyone involved in the sexual exploitation or abuse of children was identified and prosecuted.
AFP is urging the public to help it resolve investigations into cold cases of child abuse through its Stop Child Abuse – Trace 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 to the ACCE 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 are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 if they have any information about anyone involved in child abuse and exploitation.
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.
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:
o indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the aggressor; and
o 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
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