Man charged as part of JACET investigation

Source: State of Victoria Police

A man will be appearing at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today after he was charged earlier this month by detectives from the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) as part of an ongoing investigation.

The investigation related to a number of alleged online offences relating to child abuse material.

On 26 June, JACET detectives executed a warrant at his property and seized a range of electronic devices which were then forensically examined.

The 25-year-old Rowville man was subsequently arrested by police on 2 July and charged with the following offences:

• Use carriage service for child abuse material – solicit

• Use carriage service for child abuse material – cause transmit to self

• Use carriage service for child abuse material – produce

• Use carriage service for indecent communications

• Possess child abuse material

He faced Melbourne Magistrates Court that day and was remanded in custody to appear again on 16 July.

A number of victims have been identified at three schools in Melbourne’s south east suburbs.

Police are working closely with those schools to ensure the relevant support is in place for the victims who have so far been identified.

The welfare of those victims remains a priority for Victoria Police.

At this time, no contact offending has been identified and the investigation and victim identification process remains ongoing.

Victoria Police encourages parents and carers to be proactive and have regular discussions with young people about online safety and risks.

They should also monitor their children’s online activity and if required, have access to their child’s device and online accounts so risky behaviour can be identified as early as possible.

It’s so important that everyone understands the warning signs of unwanted contact, how to protect your privacy online, and how to report any suspicious activity.

For more information and access to tools, resources and advice, as well as reporting and support services, please visit www.thinkuknow.org.au, www.accce.gov.au and www.esafety.gov.au

Anyone with any information about online offending is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Natalie Webster

Media Officer

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