NT Police and the Australian Federal Police’s Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) have ramped up their arrests on people engaging in child abuse materials, with a 28-year-old man from a remote community in East Arnhem Land nabbed Tuesday for accessing and soliciting child abuse materials.
He’s the second NT man this week to be charged as part of the latest joint investigation.
JACET conducted a search warrant at the man’s residence in an unnamed remote community and found a cellphone containing online accounts used to “solicit and access” child abuse material.
Detectives did not detail how they received a lead to investigate the man.
He faces multiple child exploitation offences including using a carriage service to access child abuse material (including attempting to access), soliciting child abuse materials, and failing to comply with reporting obligations.
He was scheduled to appear before the Darwin Local Court today.
Detective Sergeant Vanessa Barton said people living in remote communities are not an exempt to the anti-child exploitation crackdown.
“This offending is not tolerated by anyone in our community, including remote communities,” Sgt Barton said.
“If you are caught accessing, soliciting or transmitting child abuse material, you will be held accountable for your actions,” she said.
She again urged the public with 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