Australian authorities have charged a man, 41, from Adelaide’s northern suburbs with allegedly possessing child abuse material, multiple firearms offences, and for allegedly importing a child-like sex abuse doll.
The investigation began after an international parcel was examined by ABF Air Cargo officers, who found it to contain a child-like sex doll. Officers seized a number of items, including electronic devices allegedly containing child exploitation material, children’s clothing, and additional child-like sex abuse dolls.
Campaigns Manager for Collective Shout, Caitlin Roper said: "Defenders of child sex abuse dolls claim they could prevent abuse, but here is yet another case where a doll owner was already offending against children. He was found with child sex abuse dolls and devices allegedly containing child sexual abuse material"
The ABF charged the man with the importation of Tier 2 Goods, namely one Child Like Sex Doll, under section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901.
The maximum penalty for this offence is a fine of up to $782,500 or imprisonment for 10 years or both.
ABF Acting Superintended Tom Williams said protecting the most vulnerable members of our community from criminals who would commit these vile acts will always be a top priority for the ABF.
“We work closely with our law enforcement partners to target offenders of these horrific crimes and perform our critical work at the border,” acting Superintendent Williams said.
“We will continue to make the Australian border a hostile place for those seeking to bring in illegal items – be it drugs, firearms or abhorrent child abuse material."
Detective Chief Inspector Matthew Lyons, Officer in Charge of SAPOL’s Special Crimes Investigation Section said the South Australia Police along with their partner agencies are absolutely committed to preventing, detecting and stopping the sexual exploitation of children.
AFP Detective Superintendent Melinda Adam said this arrest was another reminder of the commitment undertaken by the AFP and its partners to protect children and identify and prosecute anyone who seeks to exploit and harm them.
"This arrest should serve as a warning that law enforcement is dedicated to fighting child sexual abuse and bringing those who commit these offences before the court," she said.
“The AFP is committed to working closely with its partners to take all necessary action to protect Australian children.”
Read the full media statement here.