A 23-YEAR-OLD man has been charged with ‘sexually penetrating a child’ after being arrested by Federal Police at his home in Inner City Melbourne.
Victoria’s Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team allegedly found electronic devices containing child exploitation material during a raid at the man’s home in Kew on Thursday.
Police will allege the man communicated with a child online, received child exploitation images and on several occasions met with the child and performed sexual activities.
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The 23-year-old was arrested and has since been charged with a list of serious offences, including intentionally sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16.
He has also been charged with using a carriage service to a) transmit indecent communication to a person under the age of 16, and b) to procure a person under 16 years for sexual activity.
The maximum penalty for theses offences is 15 years imprisonment.
The man was due to appear before Melbourne Magistrates Court this afternoon.
In a statement, the Australian Federal Police said child exploitation material was not child pornography.
“Use of the phrase ‘child pornography’ actually benefits child sex abusers because it indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser,” the statement said.
“It conjures up images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse.
“Every photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not pornography.”