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65-year-old caught in online child abuse sting

A 65-year-old Victorian man accused of sharing child abuse material using a social media account will face court in Melbourne today.

The investigation into the Koo Wee Rip man was launched after the Australian Federal Police-led (AFP) Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) received information from authorities in the United States in relation to alleged child exploitation offences committed by an Australian resident. 

The Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET), comprising of members from the AFP and Victoria Police (VICPOL), executed a search warrant at the man’s property on Tuesday 11.

The man was arrested at the property and multiple electronic devices were seized for further digital forensic analysis. 

The accused was granted conditional bail and will reappear before the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today, charged  with one count of transmitting child abuse material. 

The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years’ imprisonment.  

AFP Detective Acting Superintendent, Rosalind Grant, said that sadly the appetite for child abuse material was increasing globally.

“The AFP is working side-by-side with our law enforcement partners to outsmart those lurking in the shadows who seek to do harm to our children,” a/Det Supt Grant said. 

“We will not stand by as perpetrators attempt to run roughshod over the innocence of our most vulnerable, whether they be in Australia or overseas.” 

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report

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