(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.