Thursday, April 25, 2024

Adelaide man, 58, jailed for 3 years for 100s of child abuse images

A 58-year-old Adelaide man has been sentenced to three years’ imprisonment in the District Court of South Australia for multiple child abuse offences, including the possession of hundreds of images and videos containing child abuse material.

The South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) launched an investigation into the man in October 2019 after receiving a report from the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).

The report contained details about an online user accessing and sharing child abuse material, which SA JACET investigators identified as the man from the state’s Mid-North.

“A search warrant was executed at the man’s home on 14 May 2020, where a digital forensics examiner located child abuse material on several mobile phones,” the Australian Federal Police (AFP) said in a statement today.

“Three mobile phones were seized and were subject to further forensic examinations which identified hundreds of images and dozens of video files containing child abuse material.”

Detective Acting Superintendent Rachel Ball said the investigation highlighted how closely police around the world worked together to combat the exploitation and abuse of children.

“Our common goal is to protect children, wherever they live, and to ensure anyone who tries to harm them is identified and brought before the courts,” she said.

“This is not a victimless crime. Children are not commodities to be used for the abhorrent gratification of sexual predators. Viewing and sharing this material creates an environment where others will seek to abuse children to service this sickening demand.”

Members of the public who have information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or www.accce.gov.au/report. If you know abuse is happening right now or a child is at risk, call police immediately on 000.

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