A 38-year-old man from Ngunnawal is due to appear in court after being charged with the possession of child abuse material on Wednesday.

Charges against the man were laid by members of the ACT Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) following the search of a home by officers and the dog squad.

Three laptop computers and a hard drive containing child abuse material were seized during the warrant.

The 38-year-old was subsequently arrested at the scene.

The search was conducted as part of a 14-month investigation after officers received information about IP addresses being used to download child abuse material back in November 2019.

Detective Sergeant Robert Rose said the battle against child exploitation continued to be a relentless focus for police.

“We will continue to work tirelessly for outcomes like this one – every time we stop one person, it’s one less risk to children.”


The man has been charged with one count of possessing child abuse material, and bailed to appear before the ACT Magistrates Court at a later date.

Further analysis on the devices seized are still being conducted with police expecting to lay additional charges.

The Ngunnawal man faces a maximum term of 15 years behind bars if found guilty of the charges.

Anyone with information regarding the accessing or creation of child exploitation material is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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