Brisbane man jailed for online child abuse

A Brisbane man has been sentenced to three years in prison for online child abuse.

The 43-year-old man was sentenced yesterday (October 20, 2022) in the Brisbane District Court after pleading guilty to 15 charges earlier this year.

The investigation began in December 2020 when the AFP-led Australian Center to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received information from the United States about an online user uploading child abuse material to the Kik messenger platform.

AFP investigators from the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), linked the man to the associated account, despite using a VPN in an attempt to hide his identity.

The man pleaded guilty on June 9, 2022 to:

One count of producing child pornography in violation of Section 474.23(1)(a)(ii) of the 1995 Criminal Code (Cth); Five counts of sending child pornography in violation of Section 474.22(1)(a)(iii) of the 1995 Criminal Code (Cth); One count of access to child abuse material, in violation of Section 474.22(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); Four counts of possession or control of child pornography, in violation of Section 474.22A(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth); and Three counts of possession of dangerous drugs in violation of Section 9 of the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 (Qld).

He also pleaded guilty on October 18, 2022 to one count of destroying evidence in a federal court proceeding, in violation of section 39(1) of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth).

The man was sentenced to three years in prison, with two years’ probation after serving a year in prison.

AFP Constable Tom Clayworth said the investigation should serve as a warning of the AFP’s commitment to combating child sexual abuse.

“This research is another example of the AFP’s expertise and commitment to protecting children around the world from online predators,” he said.

“If you have information that could help law enforcement, please contact the ACCCE at https://www.accce.gov.au/report.”

The AFP and its partners are committed to ending child exploitation and abuse and the ACCCE is promoting a national joint approach to combat child abuse.

The ACCCE brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supports investigations into online sexual exploitation of children and develops prevention strategies aimed at creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public with information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers at 1800 333,000 or www.accce.gov.au/report. If you know that abuse is taking place or if a child is in danger, call the police immediately on 000.

Research by the ACCCE in 2020 found that only about half of parents talked to their children about online safety.

An award-winning podcast launched by the ACCCE ‘Closing The Net’ last year tries to change that by showing that knowledge is power and that our only chance to help prevent this problem is if we get a response from all over the world. bring community.

The podcast series offers valuable tips and advice for keeping kids safe online. Listen to the Closing The Net podcast on your favorite streaming platform.

If you or someone you know is affected by child sexual abuse and online exploitation, support services are available at www.accce.gov.au/support.

Advice and support for parents and carers on how to help protect children online can be found at www.thinkuknow.org.au, an AFP-led education program designed to help prevent child sexual exploitation online.

Note to media:

Use of the term “CHILD ABUSE” MATERIAL NOT “CHILD PORNOGRAPHY”

The correct legal term is child abuse material – the move to this wording was one of the changes to Commonwealth law in 2019 to more accurately reflect the seriousness of the crimes and harm done to victims.

The use of the phrase “child pornography” is incorrect and benefits child abusers because it:

points to legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and thus legality on the part of the abuser; and conjures up images of children posing in ‘provocative’ poses, rather than suffering horrific abuse.

Each photo or video captures an actual situation where a child has been abused.

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