Riverina raids relating to child abuse material

By Southern Riverina News

Three Riverina residents — two men and a woman — have been arrested this week in two separate child protection operations carried out by the Australian Federal Police.

During January 2020, the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation Child Protection Triage Unit received a number of reports from the United States of America’s National Centre for

Missing and Exploited Children relating to allegations of Australian users uploading child abuse material online.

The AFP launched two separate investigations into the alleged offenders, which culminated in multiple search warrants in the Riverina region on Wednesday.

In the first operation, Operation WAKATAKE, the AFP executed two search warrants at properties in the Riverina area and two vehicles.

A 52 year-old man and a 43 year-old woman were arrested for their alleged involvement in uploading, sharing and producing child abuse material online.

Police seized a number of electronic devices including mobile phones, tablets, laptops, hard drives and a camera.

In the separate Operation MIMEKAZE also conducted Wednesday, a 56 year-old man was arrested in his Riverina-region home for allegedly transmitting child abuse material online.

All three appeared in Albury Local Court yesterday.

The outcome of the hearings was not known at the time of writing this article.

Police do not believe the 56 year-old man is connected to the 52 year-old man and 43 year-old woman arrested the same day. More in Wednesday’s Southern Riverina News.