Man busted, jailed for carrying 98,000 child porn images

A MAN caught trying to bring 98,000 child pornography images into Australia has been jailed for 15 months.

The 66-year-old man, who was prosecuted by the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, was sentenced in Brisbane District Court.

He will be eligible for release in three months.

In January last year Customs officers at Brisbane Airport searched the man's bags after he touched down on a flight from China.

They found multiple electronic devices in the man's luggage containing the images as well as 85 child exploitation video clips.

The man was charged with one count of importing a prohibited import, namely child pornography, and two counts each of possessing child pornography material while outside of Australia and producing child pornography material while outside of Australia.

He was sentenced to 15 months jail for the importation offence and 12 months each for the possessing and production offences, to be served concurrently.

Investigations Queensland manager Alex O'Brien said importing this type of "abhorrent material" was a serious crime with severe consequences - the maximum penalty for this type of offence is $425,000 and/or 10 years jail.

"Regardless of when these images were produced the children portrayed in them continue to suffer in the knowledge that their images may forever be circulating, compounding the effects of the exploitation," Mr O'Brien said.

"This sentencing should serve as a reminder to all travellers of the very serious penalties for bringing this type of material into Australia."


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