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Australia Kik social media app tip off from the U.S. leads to Sunshine Coast child porn arrest

Two phones containing new chat app lead to man, 35, being charged with owning and distributing child porn – after tip off from the U.S.

  •  Child abuse material distributed from a Kik social media account.
  •  U.S. authorities tipped off Australian cops leading to the arrest 
  •  Man, 35, from Queensland faces multiple child porn charges  


Two mobile phones seized during the raid of a Queensland home could prove vital in the prosecution of a man expected to face child-abuse related offences.

The 35-year-old Sunshine Coast man has been refused bail and charged with accessing child abuse material using a carriage service, and possessing child abuse material accessed or obtained using a carriage service.

The charges carry a maximum penalty of 15 years in jail.

His arrest comes after police executed a search warrant at the man’s Buderim home on Tuesday, where officers allegedly found child abuse material distributed from a Kik social media account.

Officers seized two phones for forensic investigation (above, stock) 

Investigations began when the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation received a report from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based in the US about the distribution from the social media platform.

A 35 year old man from Buderim, Queensland, charged with child porn offenses after a tip from U.S. authorities

A 35 year old man from Buderim, Queensland, charged with child porn offenses after a tip from U.S. authorities 

AFP’s Brisbane Child Protection Operations team identified the man as the alleged user of the account and seized his two phones for forensic examination.

The 35-year-old will face the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Wednesday.

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