Tasmanian man sentenced to four years in prison for material crimes of child abuse

A man has been sentenced (Tuesday 6 December) by the Hobart Magistrates Court to four years in prison on 26 child molestation charges.

The Tasmanian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) – made up of members of the AFP and Tasmania Police – charged the man, 30, in May 2017 with producing, distributing, possessing and using child pornography.

Tasmanian JACET carried out search warrants at the man’s home following reports to the AFP Child Protection Assessment Team through the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States.

The man pleaded guilty to the following offences:

Production of child exploitation material in violation of Article 130A of the Penal Code; Distribution of child exploitation material in violation of Article 130B of the Penal Code; Possession of child exploitation material in violation of Article 130C of the Penal Code; and Accessing child exploitation material in violation of Section 130D Penal Code.

He was sentenced to four years in prison with a non-parole period of three years and was entered on the sex offender registry for ten years.

The AFP and its partners are committed to ending child exploitation and abuse, and the Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) is promoting a collaborative national approach to combat child abuse.

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

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

A 2020 ACCCE survey found that only about half of parents talked to their children about online safety.

An award-winning podcast launched last year by the ACCCE ‘Closing The Net’ is working to change that, showing that knowledge is power and that our only chance to help prevent this problem is if we adopt a ‘whole- of-community’ response .

The podcast series offers valuable tips and advice on how to keep children safe online. Listen to the Closing The Net podcast on your favorite streaming platform.

If you or someone you know becomes a victim of 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 prevent child sexual exploitation online.

Note for media:

Use of term “CHILD ABUSE” MATERIAL NOT “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY”

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

Using the phrase “child pornography” is inaccurate and benefits child abusers because it:

denotes 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’ positions, rather than being brutally abused.

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

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