Australian flight attendant jailed for abuse of children overseas

Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation > News and Media > Releases > 2020 > 3 April - Flight attendant

A 52-year-old Melbourne man has been sentenced to 18 and a half years’ imprisonment today (Monday 30 March, 2020), after sexually abusing children in the Philippines.

The Victorian Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) executed a search warrant at the man’s property in Truganina on 15 June, 2017, and later charged the man in relation to 35 serious child sex and exploitation offences.

The offender, who was employed as an international flight attendant with a commercial airline, travelled to the Philippines on a regular basis in both private and professional capacities and offended on 25 separate occasions over a seven-year period (between 2010 – 2017).

The JACET identified 26 female child victims in the Philippines aged between 12 and 17 years old as a result of the investigation and utilised the AFP International Network to engage with the Philippine National Police (PNP) to locate victims for welfare purposes.

The offender was sentenced to 18 and a half years’ imprisonment with a minimum parole period of 14 years.

AFP Assistant Commissioner Northern Command Lesa Gale said offences against children are increasing and international borders are no hindrance to offenders.

“Commonwealth authorities are dedicated to fighting child sexual exploitation both abroad and at home and bringing those who commit these offences to justice,” she said.

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