A 43-year-old Ballajura man has been charged with 134 additional offences by Detectives from the Child Abuse Squad – Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team WA Team (JACET) as part of an ongoing investigation into his online activities.
During a search executed on the man’s home on 8 February 2022, several electronic items allegedly belonging to the man were seized, including mobile phones, storages devices, a laptop and computer. Cannabis and methylamphetamine were also seized.
In a preliminary analysis of some of the electronic devices, it is alleged specialist detectives identified images classed as child exploitation material. The man was charged with Possessing Child Exploitation Material, Possession of Prohibited Drugs with Intent to Sell or Supply (Cannabis); Possess a Prohibited Drug (Methylamphetamine); and possessed any Drug Paraphernalia in or on which there was a Prohibited Drug or Plant.
The man appeared in court on 9 February 2022 and was remanded into custody. He currently remains in prison.
Four of the man’s alleged victims were also identified following a full forensic analysis of the devices by specialist detectives.
Further search warrants were also undertaken at homes in Ballajura and the shire of Boyup Brook.
On March 29, 2022 the man was charged with an additional 134 alleged criminal child sexual offences, including
• 58 counts of Indecent Dealing of a child over 13 and under 16 years;
• 34 counts of Indecently Records a Child over 13 and under 16;
• 38 counts of Sexually Penetrated a child of or over 13 and under 16;
• Five counts of Encourages a Child over 13 and Under 16 to Engage in Sexual Behaviour;
• Three counts of Possessing Child Exploitation Material;
• Two counts of Indecent Dealings with Child under 13 years;
• Two counts of Indecently Records a Child under 13;
• One count of Child under 16: persistent sexual conduct with; and
• One count of With Intent to Commit a Crime, Showed Offensive Material to a Child under 16 years.
He is is due to appear before the Midland Magistrate’s Court today, 19 April.
Investigations are ongoing and anyone with information relating to this investigation are urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au
Police are also encouraging any members of the public who have any information about people involved in child exploitation material to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online to the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.