An Adelaide man working as a staffer for a Labor MP has been charged with child exploitation crimes. Ben Waters, 38, was sacked from his job in Hurtle Vale MP Nat Cook’s office after being arrested in a joint South Australian and the federalinto child abuse. Ms. Cook said she was “shocked” to learn of the charges.
“Yesterday afternoon, I was advised by theJoint Anti Child Exploitation Team (SA JACET) that one of my staff members was charged with child abuse-related offenses,” the MP said. “Naturally, my office has fully co-operated with the Australian Federal Police and South to do so.
“As soon as I was made aware of the charges, I took immediate action and advised the Department of Treasury and Finance and requested that his employment be immediately terminated and that all access to buildings and IT be blocked.” She also said she told the Labor Party, which convened itson Wednesday morning, during which Mr. Waters was expelled.
“As the matter is now before the Court, I cannot make any further comment,” Ms. Cook said. Mr. Waters appeared in court on Wednesday and will do so again. He was charged with four counts of possessing child exploitation material and two aggravated charges. He was also charged with one count of using a carriage service to produce child abuse material.
Mr. Waters and another 37-year-old man on Tuesday after a separate investigation into a 39-year-old. They will allege their inquiries into the 39-year-old led them to discover conversations about the sexual abuse of children the man had with a man from Melbourne. The Melbourne man’s devices were analyzed, allegedly leading investigators to discover links between him, the 37-year-old, and Mr. Waters.
Mr. Watersthe 37-year-old, who is from Port Lincoln. When joint federal and state searched Mr. Waters’ home, they reportedly found a “large amount” of child abuse material on a USB device. On a LinkedIn page bearing Mr. Waters‘ name and picture, he described himself as a person with a “keen interest in national politics as well as international development and refugee issues”.
“Ben has previously worked in (a) variety of project, policy and political roles for election, and the London Borough of Redbridge, where he said he was the head of the office of Labour Councilor Jas Athwal. Their LinkedIn page said he began working for Ms. Cook in June 2019.and not-for-profit organizations,” the profile said. Among the previous employers, Mr. Waters listed were the UK Labour Party, where he said he worked as a campaigner during the 2015 general