A Gold Coast man is due in court today, accused of possessing child abuse material and a child-like sex doll.
The 43-year-old was arrested following an Australian Federal Police child protection investigation back in March 2021.
Officers from the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) executed a search warrant at an address in Southport on March 19, after a tip-off from the United States.
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The report from National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) indicated that someone in Queensland was uploading child abuse material using a Google account.
During the search of the Southport unit, police allegedly uncovered two mobile phones and two external hard drives allegedly containing child abuse material, as well as a child-like sex doll.
The man has now been charged with three counts of possessing child abuse material and one count each of using a carriage service to access child pornography, making child exploitation material, possessing a child-like sex doll and bestiality.
He’s due to appear in Southport court today, facing a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.
AFP Detective Superintendent Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson has issued a reminder that child-like sex dolls and child abuse material could desensitise anyone who used them to the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by sexual abuse.
“These dolls are not harmless and the AFP will investigate any activity that reinforces or represents the sexual abuse of children,” Detective Superintendent Hudson said.
“This includes sexual gratification using items depicting children, which is why these dolls are legally considered to be a form of child exploitation material.
“This arrest highlights the continuing collaborative work undertaken by the AFP and its partners to protect children and identify and prosecute anyone who seeks to exploit and harm them.”
Members of the public who have any information about this network or people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.