Man faces charges over possession of child exploitation material in Brisbane

A 20-year-old dual Australian-United Kingdom national will face Brisbane Magistrate’s Court after arriving into Brisbane International Airport with child exploitation material on May 14.

The man came to the attention of Australian Border Force (ABF) officers upon arrival into Brisbane on a flight from Abu Dhabi. A full baggage search was conducted and his two electronic devices—a mobile phone and laptop—were examined and seized.

During subsequent examination, it will be alleged that a large number of images and videos classified as child exploitation material were located.

The man was arrested and has been charged with one count of Importation of a Prohibited Import being Tier 2 goods under s.233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901.

He is due to appear in the Brisbane Magistrate’s Court on May 29.

ABF Regional Commander for Queensland, Terry Price, said the ABF was committed to doing all it could to prevent the importation of abhorrent material into Australia.

“Visitors should be aware that possession of child exploitation material is viewed very seriously under Australian law,” Commander Price said.

“The maximum penalty for the importation of child exploitation material is 10 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $525,000.

“Tackling child exploitation is an operational priority for the ABF as part of its role protecting the border from individuals who may pose a threat to the community,” Commander Price said.

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