The man was arrested on 13 August 2020, after investigators from the Brisbane Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) – a partnership between the Australian Federal Police and Queensland Police Service – located the man at a home in the Logan suburb of Holmview.
The man was subsequently arrested and conveyed to Brisbane city watch house.
Investigators then seized the man’s phone and found 188 images of child abuse material stored on it.
The investigation had started after the Australian Federal Police (AFP) received a report from the United States’ National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) about an online user uploading child abuse material using Facebook Messenger.
The 26-year-old was found guilty of possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and using a carriage service to access child abuse material.
He was sentenced to 18 months’ jail but has been released on a three-year, $500 good behaviour bond and two-year probation.
The man had served close to five months in custody during the court process.
AFP Detective Superintendent Child Protection Operations Paula Hudson said the AFP’s officers were dedicated to stopping child exploitation and abuse by tracking down those sharing the abhorrent material in the community.
“Our investigators work tirelessly to seek out people who perpetuate abuse by sharing or accessing child abuse online,” Detective Superintendent Hudson said.
“The AFP and our partners will always work to protect children from the horrific and lifelong impacts of online child sexual abuse.”