Qld man charged with child exploitation after tip-off from US

A Queensland man accused of accessing and uploading child abuse material to the internet has been charged following a major child protection investigation.

The 35-year-old was arrested on January 28, after officers from the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team executed raided his Gailes home.

Detectives executed a search warrant on the property after receiving a tip-off from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.


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“The report indicated a person, believed to be in Queensland, was uploading child abuse material using a Google account,” The Australian Federal Police said.

During the raid, officers located two laptops, an iPad and five USBs, allegedly containing child abuse material.

Three mobile phones and two external hard drives were also located and seized for forensic analysis.

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The man was later charged with three counts of possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and five counts of possessing child exploitation material, which carries a maximum of 15 years behind bars.

AFP Detective Superintendent Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said this case proves authorities are always working together to stop the spread of child abuse material online.

“It takes a network to break a network and this arrest is an example of our strong relationships with international law enforcement,” Detective Superintendent Hudson said.

“Our message to offenders accessing, transmitting and exchanging child abuse material is that the AFP will not stop investigating those responsible for spreading this abhorrent material and bringing them before the court.”

The man is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court today.

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