Man convicted in landmark Victorian child exploitation case

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

A Mornington man has received a custodial sentence following a landmark child exploitation case in Victoria.

The 57-year-old man was arrested after Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team detectives executed a warrant at his home on 8 August 2015.

His arrest concluded a year-long investigation into the production and possession of child pornography following visits to the Philippines between 2012 and 2015, where he took nude photos of a young girl and two teenage girls.

Investigators found more than 2700 child exploitation images on the man’s electronic devices.

The man pleaded guilty at the Melbourne County Court and was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment for producing child pornography outside of Australia, eight months imprisonment for accessing child pornography, four months imprisonment for making child pornography available and 18 months community corrections order for possessing child pornography.

He will also have to pay $1500 recognizance.

This case is the first to be presented before a Victorian court relating to charges of producing child exploitation material outside Australia and highlights the high level of investigative expertise of the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team.

The Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team is comprised of investigators from Victoria Police and the Australian Federal Police targeting the international influence of child sexual exploitation offences.

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