SA man charged over possession of 'child-like sex doll' and child abuse material

A 30-year-old man has become the first in South Australia to be charged for possessing a child-like sex doll.

The man had also allegedly purchased a variety of children's clothing, including school uniforms, swimwear and children’s underwear.

Police also allege the man had child abuse material stored on his computer.

The man was charged on Tuesday after he was found with the anatomically-correct doll.

He is the first in South Australia to face punishment under new federal laws targeting child abuse-related offences and could face up to 15 years in prison.

A joint Australian Federal Police and South Australian Police task force began investigating the man in November last year following a tip-off from NSW Police and PayPal Australia.

The Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre (AUSTRAC) discovered the man had allegedly purchased a child-like sex doll from a consignor based in China in December 2018.

Disturbing detail

On Tuesday, investigators searched the man's home in the state's south-east and seized a child-like sex doll, children’s clothing and a computer.

The man is on bail and is expected to face Naracoorte Magistrate’s Court on 27 March.

AFP Acting Commander South Australia Gail McClure said the dolls objectified children as sexual beings and could desensitise anyone who used them to the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by sexual abuse.

“Some dolls are even robotic and designed to respond positively to the abuse,” she said.

“The Australian Federal Police does not condone any form of child exploitation, or activity of any kind that reinforces the sexualisation of children.

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