A South Australian man has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by the Adelaide District Court for engaging in sexualised conversations with a teenage girl.
The Woodleigh man, 31, was sentenced on November 13, 2023 after pleading guilty to one offence on 28 July 2023.
The investigation began when the girl’s mother reported suspicious social media messages on her daughter’s mobile phone to ACT Police on 17 May 2021. Her daughter was 14 at the time of the offending.
The man was subsequently identified as a South Australian resident and the South Australia Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) executed a search warrant at his Woodleigh home on 15 August 2022.
A mobile phone was seized for further analysis and he was charged with:
- Using a carriage service to transmit communication with intention of making it easier to procure the recipient, being a person under 16 years of age, to engage in sexual activity, contrary to s474.27(1) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
The man was sentenced to one year in jail, suspended after three months in custody with another 12 months under a recognisance order.
AFP Sergeant Joe Barry said the man engaged in sexualised conversations with the girl on a number of platforms, including Snapchat.
“This case is another reminder of the prevalence of online child abuse but it is also an example of how parents and caregivers can act to protect children,” he said.
“We urge all parents and care givers to pay close attention to what their children are doing online and report abuse straight away.
“The AFP and other law enforcement agencies will be relentless in pursuing people who commit these vile acts.”
The AFP and its partners are committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) is driving a collaborative national approach to combatting child abuse.
The ACCCE brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into online child sexual exploitation and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.
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