23 March 2021

Bonner man charged over child abuse video

| Kim Treasure
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A 38-year-old Bonner man is to appear in ACT Magistrates Court next month after police allegedly found evidence of child abuse on a phone and computer.

A search warrant was executed in Fyshwick and Bonner on Monday (22 March 2021) after an investigation by officers from ACT Policing’s Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team assisted by the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation.

During the search, police located a phone and computer allegedly containing video and image files of child abuse material.

Police also found two registered firearms within the property incorrectly stored as per the ACT Firearms Act and the ACT Firearms Regulations.

The man’s ACT Firearms Licence was suspended and his firearms and ammunition seized.

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The man has been charged with possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, possessing child exploitation material, and failing to store firearms correctly.

The 38-year-old was arrested and bailed from the ACT Watch House until 6 April. Further charges are expected.

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.

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