A three-year-old girl has been saved from any further potential harm after Australian Federal Police tipped off authorities in the US.
The child was rescued on March 31 after the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation identified a user based in America allegedly producing and uploading images of a child online.
American authorities then tracked down and arrested a 32-year-old Kentucky man, accused of creating child exploitation material with the young girl and uploading it in March this year.
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The man has been charged with 25 child abuse offences, which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years behind bars.
AFP Commander of the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation and Child Protection Operations Hilda Sirec said this case proves the AFP is always ready to protect children online, regardless of where they were located.
“Our investigators at the ACCCE are dedicated to protecting children in Australia from abuse and work with law enforcement across the world to do the same,” Commander Sirec said.
“Our message to offenders accessing or exchanging child abuse material is that we will not stop investigating anyone responsible for spreading this abhorrent material and bringing them before the court.”
U.S. Homeland Security Investigations Adam Parks said the speed with which the child was removed from harm reflects the “exceptional working relationship” between HSI and the AFP.
“Despite the distance between the U.S. and Australia, our dedicated men and women are joined together in a solemn duty to protect the vulnerable,” Mr Parks said.
“As demonstrated in this investigation, we will pursue justice wherever it leads and no matter the hour when confronted by these horrendous crimes”.