Perth child sex offender jailed after WA JACET investigation

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

A 30-year-old Gosnells man who sexually assaulted a teenage girl and created and distributed explicit images of another young child was jailed yesterday (Thursday, 7 November) for five and a half years.

In January 2018 the Australian Federal Police received an “extreme” risk referral from the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about an online user in Perth allegedly claiming to have abused a young girl.

The Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) immediately launched an investigation and on 11 January (2018), investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s Gosnells home.

Police seized a mobile device allegedly containing child abuse material.

The man was charged with several offences and police alleged he had taken explicit images of a young girl and shared them on social media.

He was later charged with the sexual penetration of a teenage girl who he had allegedly met through social media.

The man was sentenced yesterday in the Perth District Court to five years and six months imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after three years and six months, after previously pleading guilty to:

  • one count of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography material, contrary to s474.19 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)
  • one count of using a carriage service to procure a child under 16 years to engage in sex activity with the sender, contrary to s474.26 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth)
  • three counts of possession of child exploitation material, contrary to s220 of the Criminal Code Compilation Act 1913 (WA)
  • one count of sexual penetration of a child over 13 and under 16 years, contrary to s321 of the Criminal Code Compilation Act 1913 (WA)

The WA JACET is a joint AFP and WA Police team which is dedicated to combatting the national and international online exploitation of children.

If you have any information relating to child abuse or exploitation, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Note to media: USE OF TERM ‘CHILD ABUSE’, NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’

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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