WA man charged with posting child pornography online

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This is a joint press release between the Australian Federal Police and Western Australian Police

An 18-year-old man is due to appear at Perth Magistrates’ Court today (June 13, 2022) charged with the possession, sharing and transmission of images and videos of young girls on line.

The Western Australia Joint Child Exploitation Team (JACET) charged the man on May 23, 2022 following a search warrant at his home in the South West region of WA .

A forensic examination of a phone in his home allegedly contained child pornography (CAM). The investigation follows a report received from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) to the Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation (ACCCE) in March 2022.

The report identified that an online user believed to be in WA had previously uploaded child pornography online, subsequent investigations identified continued uploads to a number of online social media platforms – investigators linked the 18 year old with associated accounts.

AFP Detective Sergeant Ross Hinscliff said the arrest was another reminder of the commitment by AFP and its partners to protect children and identify and prosecute anyone who seeks to exploit and harm them.

“Anyone who produces or shares child pornography is part of the problem, they are the ones creating the market for child pornography online, causing even more harm to the most vulnerable in our community – our children.”

The man will appear in court today to:

  • 1 x possession of child pornography obtained or accessed using a carrier service, contrary to section 474.22A(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • 1 x used a carrier service to cause material, the material being child pornography, in the form of data stored in a data storage device, to be transmitted to itself contrary to section 474.22(1 )(a)(ii) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
  • 1 x used a carrier service to cause material to be transmitted, the material being child pornography, in the form of data stored in a data storage device, contrary to section 474.22(1)(a)(iii) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for each offense 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 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:

National media AFP: (02) 5126 9297

WA Police Media: (08) 9222 1011

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