A Sydney man has been charged with more than 200 child exploitation offences, including the transmission of child pornography material online.
The Australian Federal Police today confirmed the 79-year-old man was arrested by the NSW Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) in Cranebrook, in the city’s west, during a search warrant yesterday.
Authorities seized a desktop computer, mobile telephone and multiple storage devices capable of containing terabytes of data during the search.
The man has since been charged with 213 counts of producing child exploitation material, one count of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography and three counts of possessing child pornography.
He is expected to appear in Penrith Local Court today. The maximum jail penalties for the offences range between 10 and 15 years.
The female child, who is known to the man and allegedly featured in the material, is now in the care of family.
“Our main priority in any referral we receive is the welfare of any children potentially involved,” JACET leader Jarryd Dunbar said in a statement today.
“It was the reason we acted quickly to work up the initial referral in this matter, remove the child from harm and why we called upon the expertise of our Digital Forensic Team and other support areas.
“Investigators will now focus on ensuring the alleged offender is put before the court and brought to account for any criminal actions.
“We will allege in court the man employed a number of tools and applications in an attempt to disguise his activity in the online environment.”