LawFuel.co.nz – Legal Jobs & Law News – A 40-year-old Bentleigh man will appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court today to face charges in relation to the alleged importation of more than 16,000 images of child pornography.
The Australian Federal Police (AFP) allegedly found the images on the man’s laptop computer when he arrived in Australia on a flight from China on 18 December.
The Australian national was detained at Melbourne airport as the result of a tip-off to the AFP’s Online Child Sex Exploitation Team (OCSET).
Police examined the man’s computer and allegedly found more than 16,000 files depicting images and videos of child pornography. An external hard drive allegedly containing similar images and video footage was also seized.
AFP agents then executed a search warrant at the man’s house in Bentleigh. Additional computers, hard drives, USB drives and CD files were seized, all of which are currently the subject of forensic testing.
The 40-year-old was charged with importing child pornography and possession of child pornography. The maximum penalty for these offences is 10 years imprisonment.