A 35-year-old Palmerston man has been arrested and charged after detectives found child abuse materials in his residence while executing a search warrant Monday night.
He is the latest in a long list of alleged local predators charged this year alone through a variety of joint investigations into the trafficking of child abuse materials.
Detectives from the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) said they carried out the search warrant at the man’s property last night and discovered a hidden cellphone which contained online accounts used for alleged child exploitation.
The Palmo man is due to appear at the Darwin Local Court today to face multiple child exploitation charges including use carriage service to access child abuse material, soliciting, transmitting, accessing, and possession or controlling child abuse material.
Detective Sergeant Vanessa Barton described the man’s behaviour as “disgusting.”
“Working with our national and international partners, we will continue to target individuals and groups who use online services to access, solicit and transmit child abuse material,” Sgt Barton said.
“We are watching you and you will be held accountable.”
She urged the public who may have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report via https://crimestoppers.com.au/
An online report can also be made through the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the ‘Report Abuse’ button at www.accce.gov.au/report
JACET’s anti-child abuse crack down has arrested and charged more than a dozen people from the Territory this year, including a 29-year-old man busted in Berrimah on August 30 possessing two computers and a data storage device containing child abuse materials.
In July, a 49-year-old man from Marrakai was also caught engaging in “indecent messaging” with online covert police detectives posing as a 14-year-old girl.
A 53-year-old Virginia man was also apprehended in May for grooming his friend’s 11-year-old daughter and possessing child abuse material.
In March, a 25-year-old Darwin man was arrested and charged with multiple child exploitation offenses for allegedly grooming a teenager from WA online.
In April this year alone, authorities arrested 15 people from across the Northern Territory and Queensland and charged for preying on children online.