Perth Man Arrested for Possession of Child Abuse Material, Joint Investigation Uncovers Disturbing Evidence

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A Perth man has been apprehended by the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) for allegedly accessing and possessing child abuse material. The arrest came after an extensive investigation initiated by a report from the Department of Home Affairs regarding an Australian man who had recently traveled abroad.

On September 14, a search warrant was executed at the suspect’s residence in Baldivis, located on the outskirts of Perth. Investigators discovered child abuse material on multiple electronic devices, including a laptop computer and mobile phone. These devices have been seized and will undergo forensic examination.

Detective Sergeant Karen Addiscott emphasized the collaborative efforts between state and commonwealth partners in identifying signs of child abuse and exploitation. She highlighted the dedication of investigators in uncovering any information that could help keep children safe, both in Australia and overseas.

The accused individual has been charged with accessing and possessing child abuse material. If convicted, they face a maximum penalty of 15 years’ and seven years’ imprisonment, respectively. The suspect is scheduled to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court on September 27, 2023.

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) and its partners remain committed to combatting child exploitation and abuse. The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) spearheads a collaborative national approach to address child abuse. The ACCCE brings together specialized expertise and skills to support investigations into online child sexual exploitation and develop prevention strategies for a safer online environment.

Members of the public who possess information about individuals involved in child abuse are urged to report it to the ACCCE at www.accce.gov.au/report. In cases where immediate danger is present or abuse is happening, the public is advised to contact the police immediately by dialing 000.

It is worth noting that the use of the term “Child Abuse Material” is preferred over “Child Pornography.” This change in terminology, introduced in 2019, accurately reflects the severity of the crimes and the harm inflicted on victims. Labelling it as “Child Pornography” benefits child sex abusers by downplaying the gravity of their actions.

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Child sexual abuse is a heinous crime that requires collective action. If you or someone you know has been impacted by child sexual abuse or online exploitation, support services are available at www.accce.gov.au/support.

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