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International tip off leads to teen’s arrest over child abuse material

An international tip-off has led to a teenager being arrested after child abuse material was allegedly found on numerous electronic devices in his South Australian home.

The 19-year-old is expected to front the Adelaide Magistrates Court on Wednesday over charges of accessing and sharing child abuse material online.

Officers from the South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), comprised of Australian Federal Police (AFP) and SA Police officers, searched the teen’s Fleurieu Peninsula home where they claim to have found the abusive material in March.

The devices seized from the property will undergo further forensic examination.

The teenager’s arrest followed an investigation sparked by the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, which tipped off the AFP.

As a result, the teen was charged with one count each of using a carriage service to access child abuse material, using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material and possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service.

If found guilty, the maximum penalty for these offences is 15 years imprisonment.

Camera IconA teenager has been arrested and charged after he was allegedly found with child abuse material. Credit: News Corp Australia, NCA NewsWire / Emma Brasier.

AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Ben Moses said those who viewed such material helped boost the “abhorrent” industry and encouraged more children to be abused.

“Our common goal is to protect children, wherever they live, and ensure anyone who tries to harm them is identified and brought before the courts,” Superintendent Moses said.

SA Police Detective Chief Inspector Richard Lambert said the arrest should act as a warning to others who chose to be actively involved in child exploitation.

“If you continue to be involved in child exploitation, expect to experience a life-changing moment when you are detected and arrested by authorities,” he said.

Anyone who has any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report it online.

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