Child pornography charges
Friday, 17th September, 2010
A 49-year-old local man has been arrested after allegedly setting up and administering a number of internet sites featuring child pornography.
The man was charged yesterday morning following an investigation by local detectives and the State Crime Command’s Child Exploitation Internet Unit.
In a statement police said the investigation involved no fewer than 15 websites containing sexually explicit images of children. The man attended the local police station about 9am and was taken into custody.
He was questioned and subsequently charged with two counts each of using a carriage service for child pornography and controlling child pornography material for use through a carriage service. Police will allege the man set up and administered at least two internet sites containing child pornography.
They also allege he received almost $80,000 in commission from other sexually explicit sites to advertise links on his web page.Local Crime Manager, Inspector Mick Stoltenberg, said detectives seized a computer from a residence and interviewed the man last week before releasing him. Insp Stoltenberg said police did not believe any local children were involved in the alleged offences.
“We don’t believe there are any local links.” He said investigations were ongoing and police have not ruled out laying further charges. “As with a lot of computer- related crime there’s a lot of technical work to be done ... once further confirmation of that further charges will be laid.”
The man was conditionally bailed to appear in Local Court on October 19.