WA Child Exploitation Material Arrest

The Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) has charged a 29-year-old man who allegedly distributed child abuse material online.

It is alleged between January and February 2020, the man was in possession of and distributed child exploitation material.

Investigators subsequently located the man in East Perth and a search of his current accommodation was conducted. It is alleged during the search police located and seized various mobile phones and electronic devices belonging to the man.

A number of electronic devices belonging to the man were seized and it is alleged child exploitation material was identified on some of the devices.

Police are conducting further analysis of the seized devices.

The 29-year-old man of no fixed address is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today, 13 February 2020 charged with:-

• Distribute Child Exploitation Material – the maximum penalty for this offence is 10 years’ imprisonment and

• Possession of Child Exploitation Material – the maximum penalty for this offence is 7 years’ imprisonment.

The WA-JACET comprises members of the Western Australia Police Force and Australian Federal Police. The Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Teams across the country are Australia’s frontline in tackling, disrupting and prosecuting this insidious industry that causes significant harm to the most vulnerable in our community – our children.

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

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