SA man sentenced for indecently filming women and possessing child abuse material

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A 46-year-old South Australian man has been sentenced to two years and 10 months' imprisonment today (8 October 2021) for filming women in their homes without their consent and possessing child abuse material.

The Adelaide man was sentenced in the South Australia District Court after pleading guilty in February 2021 to three child abuse-related offences.

Police arrested the man in July 2020 after the Australian Federal Police-led Australia Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received a report regarding a person uploading child abuse material to an online platform.

Enquiries by the South Australia Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) linked the online account to the 46-year-old man.

When investigators searched his home they found child abuse material on a mobile phone, as well as videos filmed from outside Adelaide residences that showed the occupants in various stages of undress and performing sexual acts.

The man was sentenced to two years and 10 months' imprisonment, to be served by way of home detention, with a non-parole period of nine months for the offences of:

  • One count of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of using a carriage service to access child abuse material, contrary to section 474.22(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth);
  • One count of indecent filming, contrary to section 26D of the Summary Offences Act 1953 (SA).

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online to the ACCCE.

If you or someone you know are impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation there are support services available.

Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation.

Note to media:

Use of term 'CHILD ABUSE MATERIAL' NOT 'CHILD PORNOGRAPHY'

The correct legal term is Child Abuse Material – the move to this wording was among amendments to Commonwealth legislation in 2019 to more accurately reflect the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

Use of the phrase "child pornography" is inaccurate and 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 or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

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