Sydney man sentenced for child abuse material offence

A 69-year-old New South Wales man was yesterday sentenced to three years and four months’ imprisonment for possessing child abuse material, following an Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation.

The AFP’s Eastern Command Child Protection Operations team began an investigation into the account, which was linked to the then 67-year-old man from Liverpool, Sydney.

On 10 December 2019, AFP investigators executed a search warrant at the man’s residence in Liverpool. Several electronic devices were seized and the man was arrested and charged.

He pled guilty to possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service, contrary to section 474.22A(1) of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth).

The man was sentenced before the Campbelltown Local Court yesterday and was given a non-parole period of one year and four months.

How to report child abuse

The ACCCE is committed to stopping child exploitation and abuse and is at the centre of a collaborative national approach to combatting organised child abuse.

The Centre brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into child sexual abuse and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the Report Abuse button at

If you or someone you know are impacted by child sexual abuse and online exploitation there are support services available, visit to learn more

Advice and support for parents and carers about how they can help protection children online can be found at ThinkUKnow, an AFP-led education program designed to prevent online child sexual exploitation:


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