A Newcastle man is scheduled to appear in Newcastle local court today after Australian Federal Police investigators charged him with allegedly producing child abuse material with a child he knew and d ” uploading the images to an online discussion platform.
Investigators from the Eastern Command Child Protection Operations team executed a search warrant at the man’s home in Shortland yesterday (September 30, 2021) after receiving a report from the National Center for missing and exploited children on September 27, 2021. The report identified a Kik user who was uploading child abuse material to the platform.
Police investigations linked a 24-year-old man to the social media account, and he was arrested at his home yesterday. Investigators seized three cell phones during the warrant which will be the subject of further forensic examination.
The child allegedly depicted in the material has been identified and is safe. The police come to the aid of the victim and his family.
The man was charged with:
- Five counts of producing child pornography, contrary to Section 91H (2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW).
- Two counts of possession or control of child pornography, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
- Use of a transport service to access child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 (1) (a) (i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
- Use of a transport service to transmit child pornography, contrary to section 474.22 (1) (a) (iii) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
The maximum penalty for these offenses is 10 and 15 years imprisonment.
AFP Acting Sergeant Damian Mair said that when a child is in danger or at extreme risk of abuse, investigators will do everything possible to quickly identify the victim and take them out of harm’s way.
“Our child protection investigators across the country are always ready to focus their efforts on cases where we have information that a child is at immediate risk of being abused by an adult,” said Staff Sgt. Acting Mair.
“When a child has been abused, our priority is to get them out of a dangerous situation, to stop an offender from committing more abuse, and then to hold that person to account for their deplorable criminal acts. “