Artarmon man charged for child exploitation material

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) today charged a 33-year-old Artarmon man for allegedly possessing and sharing child exploitation material online.

The AFP received information from the US-based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) alerting police to the man’s illegal activities. This resulted in AFP members executing a search warrant on his residence in the Sydney suburb of Artarmon this morning.

During the search warrant, AFP officers seized a number of electronic devices – mobile phones, computers and storage devices – allegedly containing child exploitation material.

The man was charged with the following three offences:

  • One count of using a carriage service to access child pornography material contrary to section 474.19(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
  • One count of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography material contrary to section 474.19(1)(a)(iii) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
  • One count of possess child abuse material contrary to section 91H of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

The man faces a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment on the first two charges, and 10 years imprisonment on the third.

Police will allege the man uploaded child exploitation material and communicated with like-minded individuals via a social media platform.

The man is scheduled to appear in Hornsby Local Court on 23 January 2019.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Media enquiries:
AFP National Media: (02) 6131 6333


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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