South Australian Man Sentenced to Prison for Sharing Child Abuse Material Online

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Article: A South Australian man has been sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment by the Adelaide District Court for possessing and sharing child abuse material online. The 56-year-old Norwood man pleaded guilty to six offenses, following his arrest in 2019 by the South Australia Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET).

The investigation began after a report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) flagged the user for accessing and uploading child abuse material to an online platform. SA JACET officers, comprising of Australian Federal Police (AFP) and South Australia Police, executed a search warrant at the man’s Norwood home in March 2019. During the search, officers discovered child abuse material on the man’s mobile phone and laptop.

The man faced court on Monday, September 11, and was sentenced to three years and nine months’ imprisonment, with a non-parole period of two years. AFP Detective Acting Sergeant Jordan Dowling emphasized the seriousness of child abuse crimes and the impact they have on victims. The AFP and its partners remain committed to identifying, arresting, and prosecuting offenders involved in child abuse.

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) plays a crucial role in combating child abuse by bringing together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub. The ACCCE supports investigations into online child sexual exploitation and develops prevention strategies to create a safer online environment.

If you have any information about individuals involved in child abuse, you are urged to contact the ACCCE at www.accce.gov.au/report. In urgent cases or when a child is at immediate risk, please call your local police on 000.

The sentencing highlights the ongoing need for education and awareness about online safety. Research conducted by the ACCCE in 2020 revealed that only about half of parents talked to their children about online safety. The AFP-led education program, ThinkUKnow, offers advice and support for parents and carers on protecting children from online child sexual exploitation.

It is important to note that the legal term for this type of material is “Child Abuse Material” and not “Child Pornography.” The change in terminology reflects the gravity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims.

The sentencing of the South Australian man serves as a reminder that law enforcement agencies, such as the AFP and SA JACET, are actively working to combat child abuse and protect children from online exploitation.

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