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West Australian Man Charged with Child Abuse Material Offenses

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9 Feb 2024

PERTH, Western Australia - A 48-year-old man from Western Australia appeared in Perth Magistrates Court on Friday, facing charges of accessing, possessing, and soliciting child abuse material. The charges stem from allegations that illegal images and videos were discovered on his phone upon his return from overseas.

The investigation unfolded when Australian Border Force (ABF) officers inspected the man's belongings at Perth Airport after his arrival on an international flight late on Thursday. Reportedly, they found incriminating material on his phone and promptly notified the West Australian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET).

Authorities allege that WA JACET officers examined the phone and discovered disturbing images and videos depicting the sexual abuse of a young girl. Additionally, records of online conversations discussing payment for such content were purportedly found.

The man was subsequently arrested and charged, with police refusing bail.

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He appeared before Perth Magistrates Court on Friday and is scheduled for his next court appearance on March 22, 2024.

Detective Sergeant Karen Addiscott of the Australian Federal Police (AFP) emphasized the collaborative efforts between local and international authorities to identify the child victim and the perpetrator. She underscored the severity of child exploitation crimes, stating that accessing such material contributes to the demand for further abuse, emphasizing that children are not to be exploited for the gratification of predators.

ABF Acting Commander Vesna Gavranich echoed the sentiment, highlighting the critical role played by border officers in detecting and preventing the importation of child abuse material.

The man faces multiple charges under the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), each carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years' imprisonment.

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