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Adelaide man convicted of online child abuse

This is a joint release of the Australian Federal Police and the Police of South Australia.

A 39-year-old man who chatted online about his desire to sexually abuse minors and had hundreds of videos and images showing children being abused has been sentenced to more than a year in prison.

The man was sentenced today (17 June 2022) by the South Australia District Court to two prison terms for three offenses to which he pleaded guilty in July 2021.

Investigators from the South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET), made up of AFP and SA Police, arrested the man in March 2021 after he was identified during an investigation by police colleagues in Victoria.

Victoria JACET agents searched electronic devices belonging to a Victorian man in February (2021), where they found messages exchanged between the couple about their desire to abuse children.

SA JACET agents executed a search warrant at the Adelaide man’s home in March (2021) and seized a phone, laptop and two USB devices, one of which was encrypted.

When examining the devices, we found records of conversations with the Victorian man dating back to late 2019. They also contain more than 600 videos and images of child abuse material, many of which involved children who appeared to be under the age of 14.

AFP Acting Sergeant Jordan Dowling said the AFP was working with partners in Australia and abroad to protect children.

“Anyone who watches or opens videos and images of abused children is contributing to their harm,” he said. “Discussions about the desire to abuse children, as well as animated content, also constitute child abuse material.

“It doesn’t matter who you are or what your position in the community is. If you want to exploit children, we’ll come get you and hold you accountable.”

The man was convicted of three offences:

Use the transportation service to access and pass on child abuse material, in violation of Section 474.22 of the 1995 Criminal Code (Cth); being in possession of material for the exploitation of children (major offence), in violation of section 63A of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA); Being in possession of child exploitation material, in violation of 63A of the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA).

The man was sentenced to three months in prison on the first charge, to serve as a warrant for good conduct for two years.

On the other two charges, he was sentenced to one year, three months and 15 days in prison, with a non-parole period of eight months. This will serve as house arrest.

The AFP and its partners are committed to ending child exploitation and abuse and the Australian Center for Combating Child Exploitation is promoting a concerted national approach to combat child abuse.

The ACCCE brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supports investigations into online sexual exploitation of children and develops prevention strategies aimed at creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public with information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333,000 or www.accce.gov.au/report. If you know that abuse is currently taking place or a child is at risk, call the police immediately on 000.

Research by the ACCCE in 2020 found that only about half of parents talked about online safety with their children.

An award-winning podcast launched by the ACCCE ‘Closing The Net’ last year tries to change that by showing that knowledge is power and that our only chance to help prevent this problem is if we get a response from all over the world. bring community.

The podcast series offers valuable tips and advice for keeping kids safe online. Listen to the Closing The Net podcast on your favorite streaming platform.

If you or someone you know is experiencing child sexual abuse and online exploitation, support services are available at www.accce.gov.au/support.

Advice and support for parents and carers on how to help protect children online can be found at www.thinkuknow.org.au, an AFP-led education program designed to help prevent child sexual exploitation online.

Note to media:

Use of the term “CHILD MEDIA MATERIAL” NOT “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY”

The correct legal term is child abuse material – the move to this wording was one of the changes to Commonwealth law in 2019 to more accurately reflect the seriousness of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

The use of the phrase “child pornography” is incorrect and benefits child abusers because it:

indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and thus legality on the part of the abuser; and conjures up images of children posing in ‘provocative’ poses, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Each photo or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

Media questions:

AFP National Media: (02) 5126 9297

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