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Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Perth man, 65, charged with child abuse

A 65-year-old Perth man has faced Perth Magistrates Court charged with online child abuse offences. 

The man was charged as a part of a joint Australian Federal Police and WA Police child protection operation that resulted in criminal charges against men for multiple child abuse offences.

Investigators from AFP Operation Tamworth/WA Police Operation Palomar allegedly identified the man after receiving a report from the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about an individual in Western Australia uploading child abuse material to an online forum.

The WA Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team, comprising AFP and WA Police officers, executed a search warrant at the man’s Mount Hawthorn home, where officers seized a mobile phone and tablet that allegedly contained child abuse material.

AFP Acting Superintendent Andrea Coleman said the AFP worked closely with its counterparts around Australia and internationally to combat the exploitation and abuse of children.

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

“The AFP works tirelessly with the WA Police Force and our domestic and international partners to keep children safe and prosecute anyone who preys on them.”

The man was charged with two counts of possessing child exploitation material. The maximum penalty for this offence is seven years’ imprisonment.

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