Sydney man charged with child exploitation material offences

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A 61-year-old man from Blakehurst, NSW, will face court next month for allegedly accessing and distributing child exploitation material online.

Yesterday morning (26 September 2018), Australian Federal Police (AFP) members of the NSW Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) executed a search warrant at a Ramsgate business premises. During the search, officers seized three electronic devices. A subsequent search warrant was executed at a residential address in Blakehurst, NSW, where officers seized two electronic devices.

The 61-year-old man was arrested at the business premises and taken to Kogarah Police Station. He has been charged with:

  • using a carriage service to access child pornography material, contrary to s.474.19(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth);
  • using a carriage service to make available child pornography material contrary to section 474.19(1)(a)(iii) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth); and
  • two counts of possessing child abuse material contrary to section 91H(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).

The maximum penalty for theses offences is 15 years imprisonment.

The man is scheduled to appear before the Sutherland Local Court on 13 November 2018.


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Use of the phrase ‘child pornography’ actually 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
  • 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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