Victorian man charged with child grooming offence

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

A 28-year-old man from Swan Reach is scheduled to face court today after being charged by Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) officers for allegedly grooming children online.

On Thursday, 14 June 2018, members from the Victorian JACET – comprising the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and Victoria Police – and Victoria Police Bairnsdale Sexual Offences and Child Abuse Investigation Team (SOCIT) conducted a search warrant on a caravan park at Swan Reach, seizing two digital devices.

The man was arrested and it will be alleged in court that he engaged children online and requested they send him child abuse material created by them.

The man has been charged with:

  • Two counts of using a carriage service to groom a person under 16 years of age, contrary to section 474.27(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

He is scheduled to appear before the Bairnsdale Magistrates' Court today (Friday, 15 June 2018).

The maximum penalty for theses offences is 12 years imprisonment.


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