Procurement of a minor for child pornography

Section 69 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) sets out the offence of procurement of a minor for child pornography. In Victoria, the maximum penalty is 10 years imprisonment. A finding of guilt in relation to this offence may result in registration on the Sex Offenders Register.

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

  1. That the accused invited, caused or offered a minor to be in any way concerned in or procured a minor for the purpose of making or producing a film, photograph, publication or computer game;
  2. That film, photograph, publication or computer game describes or depicts a person who is, or appears to be, a minor engaging in sexual activity or depicted in an indecent sexual manner or context; and
  3. That the action of the accused in so inviting, causing or offering, or in the procuring of, a minor was intentional.

It is not necessary for the accused to succeed in the production of child pornography to be convicted of this offence.