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AFP investigation leads to arrest of man and rescue of a child in the U.S.



A 32-year-old American man has been arrested and a child removed from harm in the United States after police from the AFP-led Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) identified and tracked the man online.

The ACCCE notified Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) after the ACCCE Covert Online Engagement Unit (COEU) identified a user based in America allegedly producing and uploading images of a child on 18 March 2021.

The ACCCE report led to the immediate launch of an investigation by HSI, who partnered with the Kentucky State Police, to arrest a Kentucky man and rescue the child from further harm on 31 March 2021.

The man has been charged with 25 child abuse offences, which carry a maximum penalty of 20 years…

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