Customs media release
Five child pornography detections in four days - Thursday, 25th June 2009
Customs and Border Protection has detected, arrested and charged five men on child pornography offences in four days.
Richard Janeczko National Manager Investigations said protecting the community from this material is a high priority for Customs and Border Protection.
A 24-year-old Australian man will be charged by summons after he attempted to import child pornography images and other abhorrent material into Australia through Perth International Airport on 19 June.
On 20 June, two child pornography detections were made by Customs and Border Protection officers. In Melbourne, a 38-year-old Australian man was questioned by Customs and Border Protection investigators after he attempted to import numerous pornographic DVDS into Australia, two of which contained child pornography images. The man has subsequently been arrested.
In Adelaide, a 32-year-old French man has been remanded in custody to reappear in Adelaide Magistrates Court on 24 July, after being arrested and charged by Customs and Border Protection with attempting to import child pornography images into Australia through Adelaide International Airport.
On 22 June, two child pornography detections were made by Customs and Border Protection officers at Perth International Airport. A 34-year-old Indonesian man was arrested by Customs and Border Protection investigators after attempting to import a large number of child pornography images into the country.
The man appeared in Perth Magistrates Court yesterday and was remanded in custody to re-appear on the 30 June.
In the second case, a 20-year-old Australian man was intercepted with child pornography DVDs. He was interviewed and enquiries are continuing.
Customs and Border Protection National Manager Investigations, Richard Janeczko, said these recent detections should send a strong message.
"Customs and Border Protection takes attempts to smuggle child pornography images into and out of Australia very seriously.
"If you seek to break the law you will be detected, investigated and where appropriate brought before the courts and face serious penalties," Mr Janeczko said.
The maximum penalty for importing child pornography is $275,000 and/or 10 years imprisonment.
For further details contact Customs and Border Protection Communication and Media (02) 6275 6793
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