58-year-old Catholic primary school teacher arrested in child porn bust

A 58-YEAR-OLD Catholic primary school teacher from New South Wales has been arrested and charged after he was caught uploading child pornography to the internet.

Detectives from Sydney’s Sex Crimes Squad’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit were alerted last month after child abuse material was uploaded to a website being monitored by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

The matter was handed over to Australian authorities after the U.S determined the material had been uploaded from an Internet Protocol (IP) address in Sydney.


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Earlier today, child exploitation detectives raided a home in Auburn, in Sydney’s west, where they arrested a 58-year-old man and seized a number of electronic devices.

The man, who is a teacher at a Catholic primary school in south-west Sydney, was taken to Auburn Police Station where he was charged with two counts of using a carriage service for child pornography material, and four counts of possession of child abuse material.

He’s been granted conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on 21 October 2014.

Police are taking the time to urge parents and children to be mindful of the dangers associated with the internet.

Safe internet use – tips for parents:

• Be aware of how much time your child spends on the internet.
• Spend time talking to your child about the dangers associated with online conversations.
• Spend time exploring the internet with your children and let them teach you about their favourite websites.
• Keep the computer in a room the whole family can access; not in your child’s bedroom.
• Consider installing filtering and/or computer blocking software provided by your internet service provider. The Netalert web page provides information on a number of commercially-available products at www.netalert.net.au.
• Ensure you are able to access your child’s email and randomly check the contents.
• Check your phone bill for unusual outgoing calls, or consider using a ‘caller ID’ device to identify incoming calls.
• Consult your telephone company for options designed to ensure privacy and security.
• Enquire with your child’s school, public library, and places they frequent, to find out what internet safety measures they have in place.
• Information on internet safety is available on the NSW Police website at: http://www.police.nsw.gov.au/community_issues/children/child_exploitation

Tips for children:

• Do not send a picture of yourself to anyone you don’t know and never place a full profile and picture anywhere on the internet.
• Never give out your personal information, including name, home address, phone number or school, over the internet.
• Never arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone you have chatted with on the internet.
• Tell your parents or another adult you know of any contact that makes you feel uncomfortable.
• Remember that pressing ‘send’ is definite and final – you can’t get it back or take it down.

Regular covert online investigations are conducted by the Child Exploitation Internet Unit and police in NSW work closely with their law enforcement colleagues interstate and overseas.

Anyone with information about internet predators should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/

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