WA man charged with 208 child sex offences allegedly linked to national online child exploitation network

Western Australia Police have charged a 19-year-old man with more than 200 child sex offences after he was allegedly linked to a national online child exploitation network.

Police allege the man from Gosnells, in Perth’s south-east, sexually abused five boys between 2014 and 2020.

The victims were believed to be between three and 11 years old at the time he first abused them, and were known to the man through family and friends.

It is further alleged the man recorded some of the abuse and shared the videos and photos online with other alleged child sex offenders around Australia.

Officers said one of the people the man allegedly shared the content with was a New South Wales man who was arrested and charged in May as part of a national investigation into child abuse material.

Australian Federal Police investigators in NSW alerted WA authorities after an examination of the NSW man’s electronic devices showed he allegedly communicated with a man in WA.

The Gosnells man is due to appear before the Perth Magistrates Court today charged with 208 offences.

The offences include 60 counts of distributing child exploitation material, 58 counts of indecently recording a child under 13 years, 26 counts of sexual penetration of a child under 13 and two counts of threatening to kill.

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