Special taskforce officers have charged a South Yunderup man with allegedly uploading child abuse material to an online platform.
It comes after the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) alerted the Western Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (WA JACET) an online account, located in WA, was allegedly uploading the material.
Officers allegedly connected the user of to be a man living at an address in South Yunderup east of Mandurah.
Australian Federal Police and the WA Police Force searched the man’s home in August.
Officers seized electronics for examination and allegedly found child abuse material stored on the devices.
AFP Sergeant Joel Van Den Brun, from WA JACET, said child sexual abuse offences committed online have real-world consequences for both perpetrators and victims.
“Abuse causes irreparable damage and no child anywhere in the world should be violated for the perverted desires of some people in our community,” Sgt Van Den Brun said.
“Anyone who commits child sexual abuse offences online is complicit in the physical and emotional harm of children.
“We are working tirelessly with our partners to hunt down offenders and ensure they face justice.”
The 58-year-old was arrested and charged with five counts of possession of child abuse material suspected of being accessed through a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A of the Criminal Code Act 1995.
He is expected to appear in the Perth Magistrates Court today.
Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at www.accce.gov.au/report.