An Australian teenager has been charged with accessing and sharing child abuse material after police raided his home following a tip-off from United States authorities.
Benjamin Cross, 19, faced court on Wednesday charged with a number of child abuse offences after officers allegedly found abusive material on a number of his electronic devices.
Detectives from South Australia’s Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team, comprised of Australian Federal Police (AFP) and SA Police officers, raided the Fleurieu Peninsula home on May 1 and seized multiple devices.
Benjamin Cross, 19, faced court on Wednesday charged with a number of online child abuse offences after police raided his South Australian home following a tip from American authorities (stock image)
Mr Cross was investigated after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received a referral from the United States’ National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children.
The 19-year-old was charged with using a carriage service to access child abuse material, using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material, and possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service.
AFP Detective Acting Superintendent Ben Moses said those who viewed the material were boosting an ‘abhorrent’ industry and contributing to the abuse of more children.
Detectives allegedly found child abuse material on a number of his electronic devices seized in the raid. The 19-year-old was remanded on continuing bail and is set to face court again in July (stock image)
‘Our common goal is to protect children, wherever they live, and ensure anyone who tries to harm them is identified and brought before the courts,’ Mr Moses said.
Police Special Crime Investigation Section Detective Chief Inspector Richard Lambert said the arrest should be a warning to others involved in child exploitation.
‘Law enforcement is continually working together every single day, to detect and apprehend offenders,’ Mr Lambert said.
‘If you continue to be involved in child exploitation, expect to experience a life changing moment when you are detected and arrested by authorities.’
South Australian Police prosecutors told the Adelaide Magistrate’s Court that detectives needed eight weeks to forensically analyse the seized material, according to The Advertiser.
Mr Cross was remanded on continuing bail and is set to face court again in July. His offences carry a maximum penalty of 15 years’ imprisonment.