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Accessing child abuse material

    (1)     A person (A) commits an offence if—

        (a)     A intentionally accesses material; and

        (b)     the material is child abuse material; and

        (c)     A knows that the material is, or probably is, child abuse material.

    (2)     A person who commits an offence against subsection (1) is liable to level 5 imprisonment (10 years maximum).

    (3)     For the purposes of subsection (1), the ways in which A accesses material may include—

        (a)     viewing material; or

        (b)     displaying material by an electronic medium or any other output of the material by an electronic medium.


1     Exceptions apply to this offence—see sections 51J, 51K and 51M.

2     Defences apply to this offence—see sections 51L, 51N, 51O, 51P, 51Q and 51R.

3     A mistaken but honest and reasonable belief that reasonable persons would not regard the child abuse material as offensive is not a defence to this offence—see section 51U.

S. 51I inserted by No. 47/2016 s. 16.

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