49-year-old Palmerston man charged with child exploitation offences

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 12 Mar - Palmerston man

A 49-year-old Palmerston man is scheduled to appear in Darwin Local Court this morning (10 March 2020) after the Northern Territory Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (NT JACET) charged him with the alleged possession of child abuse material.

Officers from the South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) conducted inquiries into the online activities of a user allegedly accessing child abuse material via peer-to-peer networks.

Using specialised training in child protection systems, delivered by the US-based Child Rescue Coalition at the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) in Brisbane, further alleged accessing of child abuse material was identified.

Subsequent investigations by SA JACET identified the user as residing in the Northern Territory and the matter was referred to the NT JACET for further investigation.

On 28 February 2020 members of the NT JACET, with assistance from Northern Territory Police, executed a search warrant at a home in the Palmerston suburb of Farrar. Investigators seized three laptops, two internal hard drives and a USB drive which police will allege contain child abuse material.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Northern Command Lesa Gale said a coordinated approach to combatting offences against children is key to bringing offenders before court.

“From July 2019 to date the ACCCE received more than 11,000 reports of child exploitation involving Australians or Australian children,” AC Gale said.

“If we are to combat a problem of this size and scale then law enforcement has to work together.”

View the full media release at the Australian Federal Police website here: