Media release

JACET Charges - Darwin


Northern Territory Police have charged a 23-year-old man in relation to historic child exploitation offences.

Yesterday, Northern Territory Police and Australian Federal Police from the Joint Anti-Child Exploitation Team (JACET) executed a search warrant at the man’s Nightcliff residence, seizing a number of computers, mobile devices and data storage devices.

The man was arrested and has since been charged with the following Commonwealth offences:

  • Use carriage service to procure child under 16
  • Cause child pornography material to be transmitted to self
  • Cause child abuse material to be transmitted to self
  • Transmit incident material to child under 16
  • Use carriage service for sexual activity with child under 16
  • Produce child pornography material
  • Transmit child pornography material

He was bailed to appear in Darwin Local Court on 18 January 2023.

Senior Sergeant Matt Akers said “We will continue to investigate all reports of child abuse and pursue the offenders who are exploiting our children.

“The Northern Territory JACET will continue to work with our national partners to disrupt and prosecute anyone involved in producing, transmitting or consuming child abuse material.”

AFP spokesperson Acting Superintendent Mal Bickford said “The charges demonstrate how closely police around Australia work together and the commitment to investigate and charge offenders believed to be involved in child exploitation and sexual abuse.

“This arrest should serve as a warning that law enforcement is dedicated to fighting child sexual abuse and bringing those who commit these offences before the court.

“Our investigators are relentless in their pursuit of anyone sharing or accessing child abuse material."

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

You can also make a report online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation via the ‘Report Abuse’ button at

The ACCCE brings together specialist expertise and skills in a central hub, supporting investigations into online child sexual exploitation and developing prevention strategies focused on creating a safer online environment.