Police charge two over distribution of child and animal abuse material at Leeton

PLEASE NOTE: Media are of their obligations under s15A of the Children (Criminal Proceedings) Act 1987 and s105 of the Children and Young Person (Care and Protection) Act 1998.

Two men have been charged following an investigation into the distribution of child abuse and bestiality material in the state’s south west.

Earlier this year, detectives from Murrumbidgee Police District commenced an investigation after receiving information relating to the alleged production and dissemination of child abuse material in the Leeton area.

Following extensive inquiries, two men – aged 61 and 76 – were arrested in Leeton earlier today (Thursday 25 March 2021) and taken to Leeton Police Station.

A short time later, a search warrant was subsequently executed at a home in Leeton.

During the searches, police seized electronic devices, which will undergo further examination.

Investigators also seized a dog which was taken into the care of RSPCA NSW.

The 61-year-old man was charged with three counts of disseminate child abuse material, animal cruelty, and bestiality.

The 76-year-old man was charged with three counts of disseminate child abuse material, two counts of possess child abuse material, and bestiality.

It will be alleged in court that the men were involved in the online distribution of child abuse and bestiality material.

It will be further alleged a dog seized at the home had been subjected to animal abuse.

The pair were refused bail to appear in Griffith Local Court today (Thursday 25 March 2021).

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information about suspected child abuse is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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