South Australian man arrested over child exploitation material offences

A 49-year-old man from Adelaide’s north-eastern suburbs has been arrested in relation to child exploitation offences.

Members of the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team, a partnership between the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police’s Special Crimes Investigation Branch, executed a search warrant at Hope Valley, South Australia today (8 September 2016).

The man was arrested and taken to Holden Hill Police Station where he was charged with:

  • One count of using a carriage service to access child pornography, contrary to the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).
  • One count of possessing child exploitation material, contrary to the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA).

He was bailed to appear before the Adelaide Magistrates’ Court on 11 November 2016.

Anyone with information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au.

This arrest falls within National Child Protection Week (4-10 September 2016) and is a timely reminder that protecting children is everyone’s business.

THIS IS CHILD EXPLOITATION, NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’:

Use of the phrase ‘child pornography’ actually benefits child sex abusers:

  • It indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser
  • It conjures up 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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