Melbourne man to face child exploitation charges

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

A 24-year-old Thornbury man will face court today after being charged by Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) officers for alleged child exploitation.

On Thursday morning, 8 February 2018, members from the Victorian JACET, comprising the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police, arrested the man and conducted a search warrant at his Thornbury home, seizing a number of items.

Police will allege that the man travelled to the UK, met with a young person and committed a range of offences. The man has been charged with:

  • engage in sexual activity (other than sexual intercourse) with a child under 16 contrary to s272.9(1) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth),
  • produce child pornography material outside of Australia contrary to s273.5(1) Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), and
  • possession of child pornography contrary to s51G(1) Crimes Act (Vic).

The man is scheduled to appear before the Melbourne Magistrates' Court today, Friday 9 February 2018.

The maximum penalty for the offences the man has been charged with is imprisonment for 15 years.

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Note to media


Use of the phrase “child pornography” 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
  • conjures 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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