Editor's note: Vision from this arrest is available via Hightail.
A man from Queensland's Moreton Bay who allegedly sent a photograph of a naked boy to someone online and discussed abusing the child is expected to face Caboolture Magistrates Court today (19 April 2021).
The 29-year-old Morayfield man was arrested by the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) on 15 April 2021 and charged with four offences, after police allegedly found child abuse material and records of a sexually explicit chat on his mobile phone.
The investigation was launched after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States about an online user uploading child abuse material to the Kik Messenger platform.
Brisbane JACET, which consists of officers from the AFP and Queensland Police, allegedly identified the 29-year-old man as the person using the account.
Police arrested the man at a shopping centre and allegedly found child abuse material on his mobile phone.
During a search of his home it will be alleged child abuse material was located on a second mobile phone.
The man was refused police bail and has been charged with:
One count of using a carriage service to access child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); Two counts of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); One count of making child exploitation material, contrary to section 228B of the Criminal Code 1899 (QLD).
The maximum penalty for these offences range from 15 to 20 years' imprisonment.
AFP Detective Superintendent Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said the AFP works with partners across Australia and around the world to keep a watch online to protect children.
"It takes a network to break a network, which is why these national and international partnerships are so vital to the work of the AFP in stopping child exploitation and sexual abuse," she said.
Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.
If you or someone you know are impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation there are support services available, visit the ACCCE to learn more.
Note to media:
USE OF TERM 'CHILD ABUSE' MATERIAL NOT 'CHILD PORNOGRAPHY'
The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material - the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.
Use of the phrase "child pornography" is inaccurate and benefits child sex abusers because it:
indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and conjures images of children posing in 'provocative' positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.
Every photograph or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.
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