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Sydney man, 63, jailed for 19 years over child sex offences in Vietnam

A 63-year-old Cabramatta man has been sentenced to 19 years jail after pleading guilty to child exploitation offences against children in the South Asia region.

Australian Federal Police members of the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) launched its investigation in June 2018 while the man was in Vietnam.

The court heard child exploitation material was located by Australian Border Force investigators on a hard-drive in the man’s possession when returning to Sydney in October 2018.

“The man was arrested for child exploitation material located on his device and was remanded in custody,” the AFP said in a statement.

“On 7 October 2018, JACET investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s NSW home. A number of devices were seized.

“A further search warrant was executed at the property on 17 January 2019. Items seized included clothing, a hard drive and a digital camera.”

He was charged with one count of importation child pornography material, 15 counts of produce child pornography material outside Australia, four counts of use carriage service to transmit child pornography material, one count of use carriage service to cause transmission of child pornography material, and two counts of possession of child abuse material.

In February 2020, Victorian JACET members travelled to the Philippines to conduct interviews with 14 suspected victims of child abuse.

Following these interviews, further charges were laid, including six counts of engage in sexual intercourse with a child outside of Australia, and three counts of engage in sexual activity (other than sexual intercourse) with a child outside of Australia.

The man pleaded guilty to all charges and will serve a minimum of 14 years in prison before being eligible for parole in October 2032.

“This case demonstrates that the AFP together with its national and International partners will leave no stone unturned to present the full criminality of offending to the Courts to prevent harm to children no matter where there are,” Police said.

The Victorian JACET comprises of police members from the Australian Federal Police and Victorian Police.

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