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Aggravated Use of a Carriage Service for Child Abuse Material

Aggravated use of a carriage service for child abuse material is an offence under section 474.24A of the Criminal Code Act 1995 (Cth), which carries a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison.

To establish the offence, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt that:

  1. You committed an offence of:
  • Using a carriage service for child abuse material under section 474.22 of the Act
  • Possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service under section 474.22A of the Act, or
  • Possessing, controlling, producing, supplying or obtaining child abuse material through a carriage service under section 474.23 of the Act.
  1. You did so on 3 or more separate occasions, and
  2. The commission of each offence involved 2 or more people.

It is immaterial whether the offences were, or the conduct constituting the offences was, the same on each occasion.

Duress and necessity are defences to the charge.

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