Western Sydney man arrested for alleged online sharing of child abuse material

Source: Australian Federal Police

A 24-year-old man is due to face Penrith Court today following an AFP investigation into the alleged possession and sharing of child abuse material online.

The investigation began following a report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in the United States. The report suggested an internet user based in Australia had transmitted more than 6,800 files categorised as child abuse material online.

The matter was referred to the AFP Eastern Command Child Protection Operations area and an investigation launched.

Investigators yesterday (Tuesday, 7 April 2020) executed a search warrant at a home in the western Sydney suburb of Whalan. A number of electronic devices were seized and will be the subject of further digital forensic examination.

The man was arrested and taken to Mount Druitt Police Station and charged with using a carriage service for child abuse material, contrary to s 474.22 of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth). The maximum penalty for this offence is 15 years imprisonment.

AFP Acting Commander Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) and Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said these types of images often depict a child somewhere in the world that has been exposed to cruel and degrading abuse.

“Despite the current COVID-19 crisis the AFP and the ACCCE, as well as state and territory partners, will not lose focus on combatting child exploitation,” she said.

“Our officers are still working diligently to identify and prosecute those who prey on our children. Our work to put a stop to the sexual exploitation of children, be it online or physical abuse, will not stop for anything.”

Acting Commander Hudson said sharing these images fuelled the demand for the disturbing content, and the AFP remained committed to combating this crime type at all levels – now more than ever as people turn to spend more time on the internet.

“Even now as our society grapples with this health crisis, this is a warning to would-be offenders that we are still active and we will still catch you,” she said. 

The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) works alongside key stakeholders and partners to drive a collective global effort to counter the epidemic of child exploitation. It provides an integrated and collaborative capability to ensure cohesion by using the expertise of federal, state and territory, non-government agencies and private industry, and by allowing a cross-pollination of resources, knowledge and skillsets between stakeholders.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in the possession or sharing of child exploitation material are urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.

Editor’s note: Vision of the arrest is available via Hightail link here.

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Sunshine servo burglary

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 23:40

Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit detectives are investigating following an aggravated burglary at a Sunshine service station on 9 February.

Investigators have been told three unknown offenders forced their way into the McIntyre Road service station about 5am.

The offenders stole the cash register before fleeing the scene in a white Nissan Pulsar.

No one was injured as a result of the incident.

Police have released CCTV of three men who they believe may be able to assist with their enquiries.

The first offender was wearing a black ‘Balenciaga’ hooded jumper, black pants, black shoes, black mask, blue gloves and was armed with a tyre iron.

Offender two was wearing a red, black and white ‘Jordan’ hooded jumper, a black mask, grey beanie, black pants and black shoes.

The third offender was wearing a black hooded jumper, grey track pants with a black stripe down the sides, black mask, black ‘Nike’ shoes and blue gloves.

Anyone with information, who recognises the pair or vehicle, or who may have dash cam vision is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Senior Constable Alistair Parsons

Media Advisor

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Joseph Eydems wanted on warrant

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 21:28

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Joseph Eydems.

A charge and warrant has been issued for his arrested in relation to 17 charges, including intentionally endangering an emergency services worker by driving and dangerous driving while pursued by police.

The charges follow an incident in Longwarry on 31 March.

Police have released an image of Eydems in the hope someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

He is known to frequent the Warragul area.

Anyone who sights Eydems urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Senior Constable Alistair Parsons

Media Officer

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Glasses targeted in Glenelg break-in

Source: South Australia Police

Police are investigating a break-in and theft from an optometrist at Glenelg overnight.

Just after 5am on Wednesday 8 April, patrols were called to Jetty Road after the front doors to an optometrist were forced and the alarm was activated.

Thieves stole an amount of reading glasses and sunglasses from displays.

Investigations are continuing and anyone who saw anything suspicious or has any information that may assist police is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Pair arrested after being sniffed out at Glenside

Source: South Australia Police

Two men have been arrested after being found at a construction site overnight at Glenside.

Just before 3am on Wednesday 8 April, police were called to an apartment block under construction on Banksia Street following an alarm activation.

Patrols setup cordons while police dog Axe and his handler carried out a search locating the pair a short time later hiding in a room on the fifth floor.

The 24-year-olds from West Croydon and Dulwich were charged with unlawfully on premises and have been bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 7 October.

Woman assaulted on bus – Docklands

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 17:39

Police are investigating after a woman was assaulted while on a bus in Docklands on 12 March.

The 20-year-old woman was travelling on a Route 220 bus from Sunshine to the city when another passenger put his feet on her seat about 10.30am.

She asked the man to remove his feet, when he stood up and punched her in the head numerous times while the bus travelling along Footscray Road.

The offender got off the bus at the intersection of Dudley Street and Wurundjeri Way in Docklands.

The Footscray woman received minor injuries.

Police have released an image and CCTV of a man they believe can assist with their enquiries.

He is perceived to be African in appearance, aged between 30-40, about 175cm tall with black afro-like hair with short sides and a comb in it, a beard and diamond earrings.

He was wearing a brown tweed jacket, light-coloured shirt, light-coloured pants, brown leather shoes and carrying a cross-body bag.

Any witnesses or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leonie Johnson

Media Officer

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Driver arrested following Hernes Oak serious collision

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 17:05

Two people have been seriously injured after a car crashed into a tree south of Moe late last night.

The car was travelling along McGraths Track at Hernes Oak when it ran off the road about 10pm.

A male backseat passenger was cut free from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Another two male passengers were taken by ambulance to a local hospital – one with serious injuries and one with minor injuries.

It’s alleged the driver fled the scene and was arrested at a Newborough address several hours later.

The 18-year-old was taken to hospital where he remains under police guard.

McGraths Track is expected to be closed until about 9am with investigators examine the crash scene.

Major Collision Investigation Unit detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the crash.

Any witnesses, anyone with dash cam or anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au

Leonie Johnson

Media officer

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Missing man Keith Bean

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 11:30

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing man Keith Bean.

The 35-year-old was last seen on Kangan Drive in Berwick on 2 April and contacted family about 8am on 3 April.

He is described as 180cm tall with a slim build, brown hair and blue eyes and usually resides in Nar Nar Goon.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare due to the length of time he has been missing.

Police have released an image of Keith in the hope someone may recognise him and be able to provide information on his whereabouts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Pakenham Police Station on 5945 2500.

Belinda Batty

Media advisor

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Shady John wanted on warrant

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 09:47

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate Shady John.

A warrant has been issued for the 25-year-old in relation to traffic related offences and contravening a community corrections order.

John is described as 170cm tall, thin build with brown eyes and black hair and is known to frequent the Melton and Sunshine areas.

Police have released an image of John in the hope someone may have information on his current whereabouts.

Anyone who sights John urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.

Belinda Batty

Media Officer

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Missing teenager Phoenix Scharper

Source: State of Victoria Police

Tuesday, 7 April 2020 09:14

Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate missing Narre Warren teenager Phoenix Scharper.

The 15-year-old was last seen in Moonee Ponds at 2pm on 6 April.

Police and family have concerns for his welfare due his age.

Pheonix is known to frequent the Moonee Ponds, Chelsea, Narre Warren, Frankston, Karingal, Patterson Lakes and Bonbeach areas.

Phoenix is described as 173cm tall, with dark short hair, blue eyes and a slim build.

He was wearing a Black Raiders cap, white and blue t-shirt and black tracksuit pants.

Police have released an image of Pheonix in the hope someone may recognise him and be able to provide information on his whereabouts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Chelsea Police Station on 8773 3200.

Leading Senior Constable Antoinette Pearse

Media advisor

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