AN 18-year-old man has appeared in Bendigo Magistrates’ Court today after being charged with child abuse offences by the Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team.
The man was arrested on Sunday morning after detectives executed search warrants at his Echuca home.
Police will allege that the man used mobile application Snapchat to transmit abuse of a child under the age of 12 years to another user.
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He was taken to Echuca Police Station where he was charged with two counts of sexual penetration of a child under 12 years, and use of a carriage service to produce and transmit child exploitation material.
Police say further charges have not been ruled out.
He appeared before Bendigo Magistrates’ Court today, and was bailed to reappear on 30 May 2018.
Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
If you are in immediate danger call 000 now. If you require advice or assistance, the following services offer counselling and support:
Lifeline 24/7 telephone crisis support 13 11 14
1800RESPECT 24/7 phone 1800 737 732
Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence phone 07 5591 1164
Bravehearts phone 1800 272 831