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Man to appear in court over child exploitation offences

A Queensland man will appear in court on Thursday over child exploitation offences.

A report from the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States suggested a Queenslander was uploading child abuse material using a Google account.

The man will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The man will appear in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on Thursday.Credit:Robert Shakespeare

The tip led to detectives finding two laptops, an iPad and five USBs allegedly containing child abuse material during a raid at a Gailes address in Ipswich on January 28.

Three mobile phones and two external hard drives were also found and seized for forensic analysis.

The 35-year-old man was later charged with three counts of possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and five counts of possessing child exploitation material, as well as unrelated state offences.

The maximum penalty for these Commonwealth child abuse material offences is 15 years imprisonment.

He is due to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court.

AFP Detective Superintendent Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said the AFP’s international partnerships were vital in stopping those spreading child abuse material online.

“Our message to offenders accessing, transmitting and exchanging child abuse material is that the AFP will not stop investigating those responsible for spreading this abhorrent material and bringing them before the court,” she said.

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

To make a report, visit the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation website via the Report Abuse button.

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