A convicted child sex offender has become the first person to have been charged with a raft of child sexual exploitation offences under Carly’s law.
The 35-year-old Adelaide man is accused of lying about his age and gender to groom children for sexual activity.
He was taken into custody on Tuesday after officers from the South Australian Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team executed three search warrants, where they seized two mobile phones and one laptop computer.
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Carly’s Law was passed by Federal Parliament almost two months ago. The legislation was born out of the tragic murder of 15-year-old schoolgirl Carly Ryan in 2007.
Carly was the first Australian to be killed as a result of being groomed online. She was targeted by a 50-year-old paedophile, who lied about his age to lure her to a meeting.
Australian Federal Police commander Lesa Gale said the new law was fundamental to police being able to protect children from harm.
“We are unwavering in our commitment to take all necessary action to protect children from sexual exploitation,” Commander Gale said.
“I must acknowledge Carly’s mother, Sonya Ryan, who has endured the ultimate pain of losing a child at the hands of an online predator.
“Sonya campaigned tirelessly for a law that would give police more power to intervene before a predator has a chance to act. Yesterday, we used this new law to, potentially, save a life.”
The man, from the north-eastern suburbs of Adelaide, is scheduled to appear in Mount Gambier Court House today on a total of 14 charges related to child exploitation.