Judge allows internet at home of accused child sex offender
A BANGALOW man facing 24 charges related to alleged online grooming of teenage boys has had his bail varied to allow the internet to be reconnected to his home.
The 24-year-old, who can't be named for legal reasons, appeared in Lismore Local Court today, supported by his father. It was the second day in a row the man's case had been mentioned.
He is charged with nine counts of using a carriage service to a person under 16-years-old for sex, 11 counts of using a carriage service to send indecent material to a person under 16, two counts of using a carriage service to transmit child porn and two counts of using a carriage service to solicit child pornography.
The charges relate to alleged offences that occurred between 2011 and 2013 in which police allege the man created fake Facebook accounts posing as a girl to communicate with teenage boys, enticing them to send him naked pictures of themselves.
Police allege the 24 charges relate to 10 victims aged between 12 and 15.
At yesterday's appearance, the court heard it was taking police longer than expected to complete the brief of evidence against the man, earning prosecutors a rebuke from Magistrate David Heilpern.
"It gives the court a bad name if one side of the bar table chooses to ignore the order," he said.
Today, the man's solicitor, Tom Ivey, applied to vary his client's bail by reducing his reporting to police to one day per week, and getting the internet reconnected to his Bangalow home to enable his father to work from home.
Commonwealth DPP prosecutor Alanna Van Der Veen did not object to varying the man's bail conditions provided the password on the computer was changed to prevent the man accessing the internet.
Magistrate David Heilpern varied the man's bail, indicating "the defendant's father may have internet access on the home phone, password protected".
He adjourned the man's matters until May.