Man charged with child abuse offences

Charged

A 20-year-old Harrison man has been charged with child abuse offences following a police operation on Wednesday (17 November 2021).  

Members of the ACT Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), assisted by members from Criminal Investigations, the AFP Victim Identification Team and a specialist canine technology detection dog executed a search warrant at a Harrison residence.  

Two laptop computers and two mobile phones that contained child abuse material were seized during the warrant. 

The 20-year-old man was subsequently arrested and has been charged with producing child abuse material, possessing child abuse material and transmitting child abuse material. He has been bailed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court on 16 February 2022.  

Conviction of these charges is punishable by a maximum term of imprisonment of 15 years. 

Anyone with information regarding the accessing or creation of child abuse material is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously. 

Note to media: USE OF TERM ‘CHILD ABUSE’, NOT ‘CHILD PORNOGRAPHY’ 

Use of the phrase “child pornography” benefits child sex abusers because it: 

  • Indicates legitimacy and compliance on the part of the victim and therefore legality on the part of the abuser; and 
  • Conjures images of children posing in ‘provocative’ positions, rather than suffering horrific abuse. 

Each photograph captures an actual situation where a child has been abused. This is not ‘pornography”. 

Media enquiries 

Police Media — (02) 5126 9070, act-police-media@afp.gov.au 

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