NSW pair 'shared child abuse on Kik app'

Tiffanie Turnbull
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A NSW man and woman have been charged with soliciting, viewing and distributing child abuse material over a social media messaging app.

After a tip-off from police in the United States, NSW police searched a home near Lake Macquarie on Friday, arresting a 22-year-old man.

The Charlestown man was charged with possessing or controlling child abuse material obtained using a carriage service and using a carriage service for child abuse material.

He was released on bail to reappear before court on January 31.

Later that day, police also searched a home in East Maitland and arrested a 22-year-old woman.

She was charged with soliciting, transmitting and viewing child abuse material using a carriage service.

Police allege they used the messaging app Kik to commit the offences.

Homeland Security Attache to Australia Adam Parks said online child exploitation was a global problem that required a global, co-operative response.

"We are quick to alert the Australian Federal Police who pursue these offenders with a tenacity that should comfort all Australians while putting fear into the hearts of those who seek to exploit the vulnerable," Mr Parks said.

The AFP also on Wednesday announced it had busted a different child sex abuse ring, charging 14 men with more than 800 offences and saving 46 children from further abuse.