International cooperation leads to arrest in child exploitation matter

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This is a joint media release between the Australian Federal Police and Western Australia Police. 

A 36-year-old Mount Helena man will appear before Perth Magistrates Court today (Wednesday, 17 August 2016) charged with child exploitation offences.

In June, the Western Australian Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) received a referral from Homeland Security Investigations in the United States in relation to the alleged online activities of an Australian man.

The WA JACET commenced an investigation. Subsequently, a search warrant was executed at a residence in Mount Helena in late July 2016.

A number of electronic devices were seized. It will be alleged the devices belonged to the man, and that digital forensic analysis of the devices revealed child exploitation material.

The man was charged with using a carriage service for child pornography material, contrary to section 474.19 of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).

The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years’ imprisonment.

The WA JACET is a taskforce which brings together members of the Australian Federal Police and WA Police to combat online child exploitation. The WA JACET is part of a collaborative and coordinated national platform for policing agencies to address the abhorrent activity associated with child exploitation.

The national ThinkUKnow cyber safety education program 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 who have any information about people involved in child exploitation are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au  or www.crimestoppers.com.au

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