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‘Ruin your lives’: Melbourne man on 19 charges for child abuse material

“Child exploitation material can have a devastating, life-long impact on its victims,” AFP Detective Superintendent Jayne Crossling said.

“In this case, not only are they victims of self-produced child exploitation material, but it has been doubly weaponised against them to facilitate so-called sextortion.

The man faced Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday after being charged with 17 different charges related to child abuse material, including nine counts of transmitting child abuse material using a carriage service and two counts of soliciting child pornography material using a carriage service.

The AFP began the investigation in April after receiving tips from both the London Metropolitan Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation about girls aged between 12 and 14 allegedly receiving threatening messages.

Investigators traced the messages to a Burwood address, and during a search of the property, a number of devices were seized for forensic examination.

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