Police Charge Man in Darwin With Possessing Child Abuse Material, Allege He Was in Contact With up to 10 Children

Police Charge Man in Darwin With Possessing Child Abuse Material, Allege He Was in Contact With up to 10 Children

A 25-year-old man has been charged with possessing child abuse material, with police alleging they found evidence of him attempting to obtain illicit photographs from up to ten children.

Detectives from the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET), consisting of members from NT Police and the Australian Federal Police, executed a search warrant on Friday afternoon in the Darwin suburb of Fannie Bay and seized the man's mobile phone.

Police allege they found several videos containing child abuse material on the phone, as well as evidence he had been grooming other children in an attempt to procure further photographs.

The man has been charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material and one count of grooming a person under 16 years of age.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear in Darwin Local court today.

"Young people should be able to enjoy their childhood without the fear of predators approaching them for their own appalling intentions,"

Detective Acting Senior Sergeant Paul Lawson said.

"The Northern Territory JACET will continue to work with national and international partners to keep the most vulnerable in our community safe."

NT Police have urged members of the public who may have information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to contact the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation at www.accce.gov.au/report.

ABC News