Man charged over child abuse material: police

by | Jun 25, 2020 | Cops | 0 comments

Northern Territory Police have charged a man over over child abuse material they alleged was found after they executed a search warrant on his house.

In a statement NT Police spokesman Rob Cross said the Tennant Creek Investigations Unit executed a search warrant on a Tennant Creek house on an unspecified day last week and alleged they found child abuse material kept on a ‘data storage device’.

He said a 45-year-old man was charged with seven offences relating to child abuse material but did not specify the charges, and said he had been remanded in custody to appear before the Tennant Creek Local Court on September 14.

Tennant Creek became infamous nationally after the rape of a two-year-old girl on February 15, 2018, which led in July for Malcolm Turnbull to become the first prime minister to ever visit the town.

In March this year, 27-year-old Tennant Creek man Kingsley Corbett was convicted and sentenced to 13 years in prison for her rape.

The girl sustained horrific injuries, requiring surgery and a blood transfusion, and also suffered significant psychological damage and she contracted a sexually transmitted infection from the rape.

A report from the NT Children’s Commissioner Report released in May 2018 found the Department of Territory Families had revealed that fifteen other children have also been removed from their families by child protection workers after the rape of the girl.

She also found that the abuse was a foreseeable risk that could have been managed or mitigated. 

The parents of the two-year-old victim had more than 150 recorded police interactions, 35 domestic violence incidents, including eight aggravated assault convictions for one of them. 

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