Tourist bankrolled Australian holiday and scuba diving hobby by selling child abuse material online

Tourist bankrolled Australian holiday and scuba diving hobby by selling child sex abuse material online.

THE Belgian tourist, who paid for a trip to Australia and a scuba diving hobby by selling child pornography online, has had his local and offshore assets restrained by an Australian Federal Police-led taskforce.

The man, 26, who pleaded guilty and was sentenced in Downing Centre District Court on Thursday, October, 15, is the first offender convicted with child exploitation offences to have his assets restrained since AFP Commissioner Reece Kershaw set a “new aggressive strategy for the Criminal Assets Confiscation Taskforce (CACT)”.

He was also sentenced to a maximum of four years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two and a half years.

Under the new direction revealed last month, the AFP-led CACT will now actively determine if the assets of child sex offenders can be confiscated.

In this case, restraining orders were placed on two bank accounts – one in Australia and another in Germany – containing almost €18,000.

Camera equipment, a drone, scuba diving gear, worth more than €18,000 were also seized.

The criminal investigation started in February 2019 when the AFP’s Child Protection Operation team in Sydney received a tip-off from the United States-based National Centre for Missing and Exploitation Children that a man in Australia was uploading child abuse to Snapchat.

The man was arrested and charged with supplying child pornography through a carriage service, using a carriage service to access, transmit, make available, publish, distribute, advertising or promote child abuse material, and deal with the proceeds of crime worth $10,000 (€6,000) or more.

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Tara Rippin

Tara Rippin is a reporter for Spain’s largest English-speaking newspaper, Euro Weekly News, and is responsible for the Costa Blanca region.
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