Woman charged with possessing child abuse material in SA's south-east

A young woman from South Australia's south-east has been charged with possessing child abuse material, after a tip-off was provided to local police by US authorities.

Key points:

  • A 19-year-old woman has been charged with possessing child abuse material
  • Authorities seized electronic devices from her home
  • The woman has been bailed to appear in court in March

The 19-year-old woman was arrested on Thursday by the South Australia Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team after investigators conducted a search of the family home.

An investigation was launched in June 2019 after a tip-off from the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children about a person allegedly uploading a video on social media of a child being sexually abused.

Investigators seized electronic devices when they searched the teenager's home and allegedly uncovered stored child abuse material.

She has been bailed and is expected to face Naracoorte Magistrate's Court on March 27.

Police said the maximum penalty for the offence was 15 years in prison.

AFP Acting Commander South Australia Gail McClure said while it was rare for a woman to be charged with this type of offence, it was a reminder that there was no single profile of a child sex offender.

"This case highlights the importance of the AFP's strong partnerships, both locally and overseas, to prevent the spread of child abuse material," she said.

"To anyone thinking of accessing or sharing child exploitation material, this is not a victimless crime.

"Each of those images represents a real child being abused and that is heartbreaking.

"The AFP and its partners are dedicated to working together to keep children safe and pursue offenders who exploit children."


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