Brisbane man trialled for broadcasting child abuse

24 March 2021

Written by: Savannah Pocock

AFP allege he used social media platforms to share the material.

A Brisbane man will appear in the Caboolture Magistrates Court today after allegedly uploading child abuse material on social media. He will face 15 years behind bars if he is convicted.

On February 18 offers from the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team searched a home in Morayfield after receiving a report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

According to Queensland Police, the report indicated that a person in Queensland had been uploading illicit material on Snapchat, Instagram and dropbox. During the search at the Brisbane home, officers seized two mobile phones allegedly containing child abuse material.

The man was later charged with two counts of possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and one count of using a carriage service for child abuse material.

AFP Detective Superintendent Paula Hudson of Child Protection Operations said that people who access child abuse material online can’t hide from the AFP’s investigators.

“Our investigators work relentlessly with our partners in law enforcement to find those who access this abusive material and bring them to justice,” she said.

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

If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact the following services:
1800RESPECT: 1800 737 732
BeyondBlue: 1300 22 46 36
Lifeline: 13 11 14
Headspace: 1800 650 890
Kids Helpline: 1800 551 800

Photo: Close up photo of black Samsung Galaxy smartphone by Christian Wiediger available HERE and used under a Creative Commons Attribution. The image has not been modified.