Gold Coast man charged with possessing and distributing child abuse material

A Gold Coast man has been charged, after allegedly possessing and distributing child abuse material online.

The Australian Federal Police had received a series of reports for suspicious online activity from the United States, before executing a search warrant at a home in Gaven back in July.

Investigators seized electronic devices from the property, including four mobile phones and drug paraphernalia.


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A 43-year-old man was arrested last Wednesday September 2, after allegedly uploading and sharing child abuse material depicting young males and females across social media platforms Snapchat and MeWe.

The man has been charged with Commonwealth offences of possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material offences.

He’ll face a Brisbane court on September 25.

ACCCE Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson says the arrest coincides with National Child Protection Week.

“This arrest should serve as yet another warning to those seeking to harm our most vulnerable in our community. The AFP and its partners will never relinquish our duty to keep our children safe.

“The AFP has seen first-hand the impact of this crime, and this is why we are a strong advocate for raising awareness about this important issue. We want parents and caregivers to understand how their children are being targeted and how predators are abusing technology to try and invite themselves into the bedrooms of our children.

“Please learn what sites your children are using online and turn off chat functions if possible. Resources such as the ACCCE and ThinkUKnow 7 day family online safety challenge helps parents, carers and teachers instil good online behaviour in children and I urge all Australians to be aware of the dangers that face children online.

“We need to be acting as a community to be alive to the risks that may be facing our children, and prevent online child sexual exploitation—during National Child Protection Week and every week,” Superintendent Hudson said.

 

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