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Monday, December 4, 2023

Child sex offender jailed for 10 months

A 53-year-old Adelaide man charged with having more than 30,000 images and videos depicting children being sexually exploited and abused has been sentenced to one year and nine months jail – but will likely only serve 10 months.

The South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) found the “abhorrent content” on a computer, phone, USBs and external hard drives, which they seized from the man’s home during a search warrant in November 2019.

Police also found a list of handwritten website addresses, for sites which police said featured child abuse material.

Police had launched an investigation in October 2019 after receiving information that a computer user in Australia had allegedly accessed and traded child abuse material through a peer-to-peer network.

The account was connected to the Adelaide man, then aged 52, and police found child abuse material on his laptop when they searched his home.  

They catalogued thousands of images and dozens of videos depicting child abuse material when they did a detailed forensic examination of several seized devices.

The man was charged with possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessing using a carriage service and pleaded guilty to the offence in April.

The Adelaide District Court ordered the man must serve 10 months in prison before he can be released. He can then enter a recognisance release order (good behaviour order) for 12 months.

SA JACET is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police and South Australia Police.

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.

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