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Man Arrested After Cops Allegedly Find 'Child-Like Sex Doll', School Uniforms, In His House

An Australian man has been charged for allegedly possessing a 'child-like' sex doll which he imported from a seller in China, following a two-month investigation into his financial activities.

The man, 30, was arrested following a raid on his property in South Australia's south-east on Tuesday.

Police allege as well as the child-like sex doll he allegedly purchased in December 2018, the man had also purchased a variety of children's clothing, including school uniforms, swimwear and children’s underwear.

The man's mobile phone and bank card have also been seized after police allege they found child abuse material stored on his computer during the raid.

South Australia Police and the Australian Federal Police first began investigating the man in November 2019 after they were tipped off by their counterparts in NSW and from the Australian Transaction Reports and Analysis Centre and PayPal.

The man was arrested following a raid on his property in South Australia's south-east. Image: Australian Federal Police

On Tuesday, he was charged with a string of offences including one count of possessing a child-like sex doll or other object that resembles a child under 18, and a reasonable person would consider it likely that the doll is intended to be used to simulate sexual intercourse.

He has also been charged with possession of child abuse material accessed using a carriage service and faces a separate charge for importing the doll.

It marks the first time a  South Australian has been charged for possessing a child-like sex doll under new Commonwealth laws targeting child abuse-related offences.

AFP Acting Commander South Australia Gail McClure said these types of dolls objectified children as sexual beings and could desensitise anyone who used them to the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by sexual abuse.

“Some dolls are even robotic and designed to respond positively to the abuse,” McClure said.

“The Australian Federal Police does not condone any form of child exploitation, or activity of any kind that reinforces the sexualisation of children.

“This includes sexual gratification activity using items depicting children – these anatomically correct dolls are legally considered child exploitation material.

The South Australian man has since been granted bail and will face Naracoorte Magistrate's Court on March 27.

If convicted of possessing the "anatomically-correct doll" the man faces a 15-year jail term.