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Ipswich man charged over child abuse material


A 35-year-old Ipswich man is due to appear in court today, charged with child exploitation offences following an Australian Federal Police investigation. 

Officers pounded on a home in Gailes in January, following a tip-off from child protection workers in the US, who had supicions someone in Queensland was uploading child abuse material using a Google account. 

During the search of the Gailes home officers located two laptops, an iPad and five USBs, allegedly containing child abuse material.

Three mobile phones and two external hard drives were also located and seized for forensic analysis.

The man was later charged with three counts of possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and five counts of possessing child exploitation material, as well as unrelated state offences.

The maximum penalty for these Commonwealth child abuse material offences is 15 years imprisonment.

Takes an army to catch offenders

AFP Detective Superintendent Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson, says international partnerships are vital to stopping those spreading child abuse material online.

“It takes a network to break a network and this arrest is an example of our strong relationships with international law enforcement,” Detective Superintendent Hudson says.

“Our message to offenders accessing, transmitting and exchanging child abuse material is that the AFP will not stop investigating those responsible for spreading this abhorrent material and bringing them before the court.”

Members of the public who have any information about this network or people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button.