Botany man arrested for allegedly using messaging app to access child exploitation material

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A 45-year-old Botany, NSW, man has been arrested for allegedly accessing child exploitation material online.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre received reports in July 2017 alleging that the man had accessed child exploitation material using an online messaging service.

As a result of investigations by the AFP’s child protection operations teams, a search warrant was executed today (Wednesday, 31 January 2018) at a residence in Botany, NSW.

The man was subsequently charged with:

  • Three counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography material, contrary to section 474.19(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); and
  • Three counts of possessing child abuse material, contrary to section 91H(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

Police will allege the man used the messaging service to access the child exploitation material on his phone on a number of occasions at his work and home.

The man was bailed and will next appear at the Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday, 1 March 2018.

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.

NOTE: 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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