Canberra man charged with online child sex offences

A 28-year-old Gungahlin man will appear before ACT Magistrates Court today (Thursday, 18 August 2016) charged with online child sex offences.

In April 2016, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received a referral from NSW Police in relation to the alleged online activities of a man residing in the ACT. The AFP commenced an investigation into the man’s alleged online communications with a 13-year-old girl.

Yesterday, AFP members conducted search warrants in Gungahlin and Macquarie. A number of items, including electronic devices, were located and seized as evidence. They will undergo further digital forensic analysis.

Subsequently, the man was arrested. He was charged with two counts of using a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a person under 16 years of age, contrary to section 474.27A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

The man was refused bail, and will appear in court today.

Young people and their parents, carers, and teachers can learn more about staying safe online through the ThinkUKnow program.

ThinkUKnow is a free cyber safety program delivered nationally which is focused on preventing children from being groomed or mistreated online. For more information and to book a free cyber safety presentation, visit www.thinkuknow.org.au.

Members of the public are urged to report crime information to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestoppers.com.au.

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