A rural area man was arrested Wednesday following anti-child exploitation detectives executing a search warrant his residence where authorities confiscated devices that allegedly contained a collection of child abuse materials.
NT Police and Australian Federal Police’s (AFP) Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) said they located the 32-year-old man in his Southport residence where they found two laptops and an external hard drive that contained child abuse materials.
He is scheduled to appear in court today to face multiple child exploitation charges, police said.
The man was charged with two counts of possessing or controlling child abuse materials, accessing child abuse materials, making available child abuse materials, possessing child abuse material, possessing a schedule 2 drug – less than traffickable, and “possessing thing” to administer a dangerous drug.
“The AFP, together with its state and territory law enforcement partners, remain committed to protecting our community’s most vulnerable – our children,” AFP Detective Sergeant Richard Matejic said.
“Anyone who views this material is participating in the harming of a child and helping to prop up a vile industry that will abuse more children to satisfy the demand.”
Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Jon Beer also said the man’s alleged actions were not acceptable within the community.
“AFP and NT Police continue to work together closely to ensure those participating in this type of behaviour are identified and dealt with quickly,” Sgt Beer said.
NT Police also urge the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or NT Police on 131 444.
Online reports can also be made by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the ‘Report Abuse’ button at www.accce.gov.au/report.
In June last year, JACET also arrested a 55-year-old man from the rural area of Southport following a report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States for possessing child abuse materials.