A man accused of secretly filming young children while playing near their homes in South Australia has been charged with a variety of factual offences of child abuse.
The 42-year-old man, from the northern suburbs of Adelaide, was arrested on Thursday after a joint operation between SA Police and Australian Federal Police.
Police claim the man was spying on and covertly filming children.
A variety of videos, including close-up images of children’s skirts or shorts, are believed to have been found on electronic devices stored at the man’s house.
Information on sexual exploitation has also been recently uncovered.
AFP Acting Commander Gail McClure said children should be able to play safely outdoors “without someone lurking in the shadows to hurt them or steal their innocence”.
“The growing community appetite for child exploitation material is horrifying; children are being harmed and exploited to satisfy the depraved sexual impulses of some adults,” McClure said.
On Friday, the 42-year-old will face Elizabeth Magistrates Court charged with possessing and viewing material on sex violence, and aggravated pornographic films.
The latter charge carries a maximum term of 15 years in gaol.