A 61-year-old Thorneside man appeared in court last week after he was charged with uploading child abuse material via a social media platform.
The Australian Federal Police say the man was identified during an investigation launched in July 2021 after police received reports from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children that an Australian internet user had uploaded child abuse material via Facebook Messenger.
Investigators from the AFP Brisbane Child Protection Operations Team allege that they linked the man to the social media account before executing a search warrant In March.
A mobile phone and tablet were seized during the search and were alleged to contain child abuse materials.
Detective Inspector of Child Protection Operations, Kurt Wesche said,
“Our message to offenders accessing or sharing child abuse material online is that we will never stop investigating anyone responsible for spreading this abhorrent material, and we are committed to bringing them before the court to answer for their criminal actions.”
The 61-year-old Thorneside man who was charged with possession of child abuse material and accessing child abuse material will face a maximum of 15 years imprisonment for each offence if convicted.
He is due to make another appearance in court on August 5, 2022.