Man sentenced for importing child abuse material

A Melbourne court has sentenced a 30-year-old Indian man to time served of 253 days after he was arrested at Melbourne Airport for attempting to import child abuse material into Australia.

Gurpreet Singh pleaded guilty in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to one charge of Importing Tier 2 Prohibited Goods (Child Abuse Material) contrary to Section 233BAB(5) of the Customs Act 1901.

Mr Singh was also placed on the sex offenders register for eight years.

His tourist visa has been cancelled and he is being held in immigration detention as an unlawful non-citizen.

Australian Border Force (ABF) officers selected Singh for a baggage examination after he arrived on a flight from Brunei on 25 August 2019.

As part of the baggage examination, ABF officers inspected the man’s mobile phone. During the inspection of his phone several child exploitation videos were discovered.

People with information about the importation and export of child exploitation material should contact BorderWatch at www.australia.gov.au/borderwatch. By reporting suspicious activities, you help protect Australia.

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