AFP officer charged with child exploitation offence

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A 45-year-old AFP officer from Queensland has been charged with allegedly accessing child exploitation material following an internal investigation by AFP Professional Standards.

The male officer has been suspended from duty and is expected to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today (8 September) following a search warrant at a residence in Geebung yesterday.

The officer was formally charged by AFP Professional Standards with accessing child exploitation material contrary to section 474 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The AFP is committed to its members behaving at all times in a manner that upholds the AFP’s core values, and the organisation’s reputation and integrity.

As this matter is now before the court no further comment will be made.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at http://crimestoppers.com.au.
 

Note to media:  THIS IS CHILD EXPLOITATION, NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

Use of the phrase ‘child pornography’ actually 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
• it conjures up images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not pornography.
 

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