A 54-year-old Ryde man is scheduled to appear in Parramatta Local court today (30 January 2013) after being arrested by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in relation to child sex offences.
A victim of child abuse has also been located and identified. The child is receiving ongoing support from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
The arrest of the offender and identification of the child victim follow an AFP joint agency investigation.
In September 2012, AFP Child Protection Operations commenced the investigation after receiving information from the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). During subsequent enquiries, the AFP was assisted by the NSW Police Child Abuse Squad and NSW Department of Family and Community Services.
Yesterday, (January 29), AFP Child Protection officers executed a search warrant at a residential address in Ryde, seizing a laptop, desktop computers, DVDs, a number of Hard Disk Drives and a USB. It will be alleged that thousands of child exploitation and abuse images and materials were found during the search warrant.
The man was arrested and charged with the following offences:
1 x Section 61J of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) Aggravated sexual assault 2 x Section 61M of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) Aggravated indecent assault 1 x Section 91H (2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) Produce child pornography 1 x Section 91H (2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) Possess child pornography 1 x Section 474.19 (1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth) Use carriage service to access child pornography available.
The maximum penalty for these offences is 20 years imprisonment.
The AFP is committed to combating the exploitation of children and takes the crimes of creating, possessing and distributing child sexual exploitation and abuse material very seriously.
The AFP has a significant domestic and international role to play in ensuring children and young people are safe, no matter what environment they are in. The AFP will continue to work with its domestic and international partners to bring child sex offenders to justice no matter where they are located.
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