WA man charged with uploading child abuse material on social media

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

A Perth man, 37, is expected to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today (August 11, 2022) on charges of possessing and accessing child abuse material.

The Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), made up of AFP and WA police officers, has charged the man with three offenses after a forensic examination of electronic devices found in his home on July 20, 2022.

We will claim that they contain child abuse material. Investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Perth’s eastern suburbs following a report to the AFP-led Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation of the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC). in January 2022.

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 37-year-old to the associated account.

The man is due to appear in court today for:

Two counts of possession of child abuse material obtained or accessed through a transportation service in violation of Section 422A(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); and One count of access to child abuse material, in violation of section 474.22 (1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for these offenses is 15 years in prison.

AFP Detective Ross Hinscliff said the arrest was another reminder of the AFP and its partners’ commitment to protecting children and identifying and prosecuting anyone who seeks to exploit and harm them.

“This arrest should serve as a warning that law enforcement officers are committed to fighting child sexual abuse and bringing those committing these offenses to justice.” he said.

The AFP and its partners are committed to ending child exploitation and abuse and the Australian Center to Counter 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 last year by the ACCCE ‘Closing The Net’ aims 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 the entire community. bring .

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 affected by 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 they can 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:


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 harm done to victims.

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

points to 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:

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WA Police Media: (08) 9222 1011

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