Margaret River man charged with online child abuse offences faces up to 15 years in jail

Daryna ZadvirnaThe West Australian
AFP offices in Perth.
Camera IconAFP offices in Perth. Credit: WA News

A 58-year-old WA man accused of uploading child abuse material to Facebook and Yahoo will face court today.

Detectives from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team — which comprises of Australian Federal Police and WA Police Force members — arrested the man last month after they allegedly linked him to the accounts uploading the content.

Officers raided the man’s Margaret River home on March 2 and allegedly found child abuse material on electronic devices.

He was charged with using a carriage service to access child abuse material, and possessing child abuse material obtained using a carriage service and will appear the Busselton Magistrate’s Court today.

The maximum penalty for these offences is 15 years’ imprisonment.

The investigation was launched after AFP received a report from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children regarding an online user uploading child abuse material to Facebook and Yahoo.

AFP Acting Inspector Joel Van Den Brun said this case is a reminder the AFP was working closely with international partners to combat the exploitation and abuse of children, including the online transmission of footage and photographs of these crimes.

“Anyone who accesses or shares this material is complicit in the physical abuse of children and we are committed to identifying them and bringing them before the courts,” he 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 or report online.

Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

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