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24 March 2021, 7:57am
Media Release

Queensland man charged with possessing child abuse material

Editor's Note: Vision of the joint investigation is available via Hightail.

A 52-year-old Moreton Bay man is due to appear in court today charged with child exploitation offences following an Australian Federal Police (AFP) child protection investigation.

Officers from the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) executed a search warrant at an address in Morayfield on 18 February 2021 after receiving a report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

The report indicated a person, believed to be in Queensland, was uploading child abuse material on a number of online platforms including Snapchat, Dropbox and Instagram.

During the search of the Morayfield home two mobile phones allegedly containing child abuse material were located and seized by officers for forensic analysis.

The man was later charged with two counts of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and one count of using a carriage service for child abuse material.

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

He is due to appear in Caboolture Magistrates Court today (24 March 2021).

AFP Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson, Child Protection Operations said the charges show that people who access child abuse material online can't hide from the AFP's dedicated investigators.

"Our investigators work relentlessly with our partners in law enforcement to find those who access this abusive material and bring them to justice," Detective Superintendent Hudson said.

Members of the public who have any information about this network or 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.

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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