Australian Man Arrested for Possessing Online Child Abuse Material

(LAWFUEL) – A 45-year-old Rasmussen man is due to appear in Townsville Magistrates Court today, following his arrest by the

The AFP conducted an investigation following a referral from the United States National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children Cybertip Hotline, alleging inappropriate text material in a ‘chat’ environment.
Australian legislation regarding child pornography and child abuse materials includes text, not just images, depictions and videos.
As a result of the investigation, a search warrant was executed by the AFP in Rasmussen in the Townsville area yesterday, where a computer was seized.

The man has been charged with using a carriage service to access child
pornography material, contrary to section 474.19 of the Criminal Code Act
1995 and possessing child exploitation material, contrary to section 228D of the Queensland Criminal Code 1899 (Qld).

Parents, teachers and carers can find out more about protecting children online at

The maximum penalty for these offences is 10 years imprisonment.

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