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August 25, 2016 Headline News No Comments Email Email

egtmedia59When a 68-year-old Englishman arrived in Sydney on a flight from Manila after being refused entry to the Philippines, Australian Border Force (ABF) officers were waiting for him.

The Philippines had refused the man entry based on his previous child sex offences in Britain.

ABF officers at Sydney Airport searched the man’s baggage and found a child pornography video on the man’s tablet. They arrested him on 12 February 2016.

Last week in Sydney District Court, the man was jailed for 14 months for possession of child pornography. He had pleaded guilty to one charge of importing child pornography contrary to section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901.

Following the man’s arrest in February, ABF officers worked with authorities in the UK, including the UK Border Force, to conduct further investigations.

ABF Acting Commander Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Tim Pieper, said the outcome highlighted how the ABF worked closely with international partners to protect the community from such repulsive content.

“The ABF is absolutely committed to this fight against this horrible child exploitation,” Pieper said.

“By working in close collaboration with our law enforcement partners at home and abroad, we will continue to make sure that people committing such offences are brought to the full account of the law.”

The maximum penalty for an individual for the importation or exportation of child pornography or child abuse material is AUD 450,000 and/or imprisonment for 10 years.

Written by Peter Needham

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