Man arrested for child sexual offences

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A 35-year-old Canberra man will appear before Sydney’s Central Local Court today charged with child sexual exploitation offences, following his arrest at Sydney Airport last night by Australian Federal Police (AFP) Airport Uniform Police (AUP) members.

AFP Child Protection members commenced an investigation into the man’s activities last month following a referral of information from INTERPOL.

It will be alleged in court that the man was planning to depart Sydney to engage in sexual acts with children whilst in the United Kingdom.

The man was charged with:
 
• Two counts of preparing for or planning an offence against Division 272.8 - sexual intercourse with child outside Australia and 272.9 sexual activity with child outside Australia  contrary to section 272.20 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

AFP Manager Victim Based Crime, Commander Glen McEwen, noted the importance of cooperation in the joint effort to protect children from becoming victims of crime through the actions of others who think they can circumvent domestic and international law.

“People may think they can hide behind the internet and international borders, but we will continue to seek you out to protect children from being harmed.”

“The effective cooperation of our Child Protection members with our international partners and AUP colleagues has once again proved vital in preventing crime through identifying and charging this individual seeking to sexually abuse children whilst overseas,” Commander McEwen said.

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

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