WA man charged with possession of child abuse material

This is a joint press release from the Australian Federal Police and the Police of Western Australia

Editor’s Note: Audio clips from AFP Detective Sergeant Ross Hinscliff are available through Hightail.

A 42-year-old man is due to appear in Perth Magistrates Court today (22 April 2022) accused by the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) of possessing child abuse material.

WA JACET, made up of police officers from AFP and WA, charged the man with two offenses on April 8, after a forensic examination of electronic devices they found in his home on March 31 revealed illegal videos and images on two devices. brought.

Investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Perth’s southern suburbs as a result of an investigation launched after the AFP-led Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) of the United States. The report identified an online user believed to have been in WA uploaded child abuse material to an online platform, and AFP investigators could link the 42-year-old to the associated account.

The man will appear in court today charged with two counts of possession of child abuse material obtained or made accessible using a carriage, in violation of Section 474.22A(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offense is 15 years in prison.

AFP Detective Ross Hinscliff said the AFP and its partners are committed to identifying and prosecuting anyone who contributes to the harm of children.

“Anyone who watches this material harms a child and helps sustain a despicable industry that will abuse more children to meet demand,” he said.

The AFP also urges the public to help resolve cold case investigations into child abuse through the Stop Child Abuse – Trace an Object initiative. The smallest clue can often help solve a case.

The world-leading initiative aims to publish non-confrontational images that appear in online child exploitation material, such as clothing or bedding.

Australian researchers believe the images are related to victims in the Asia-Pacific region, including Australia, and are calling on the community to view the images and create a report at www.accce.gov.au/trace

The AFP and its partners are committed to ending child exploitation and abuse and the ACCCE is at the center of a joint national approach to combat child exploitation and abuse.

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

Members of the public with information about people involved in child exploitation and abuse are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333,000 or file a report online.

If you or someone you know is experiencing child exploitation and abuse, including sexual abuse and online exploitation, support services are available.

Advice and support for parents and carers on how they can help protect children online can be found on ThinkUKnow, 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

WA Police Media: (08) 9222 1011

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