Man on child pornography charges

A WOOLGOOLGA man has been charged with possessing child pornography and filming a person’s genitalia without consent.

The 43-year-old man from Ryan Street, Woolgoolga, was arrested on Sunday at 11am and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station.

The arrest followed an extensive and long investigation which began after several locals raised concerns with Woolgoolga police. Police executed a search warrant at the man’s home on January 22, where they seized a large number of video tapes and a computer hard drive.

A second search warrant was executed in May at a local computer store and police seized the man’s laptop that was being repaired at the time.

Since then police have analysed the contents of both computers and the video tapes and allegedly found pornographic images of children.

Woolgoolga Police Sergeant Peter Saunders said the man had been charged with two counts of possessing child pornography and two counts film person’s private parts without consent.

He said the home-made films were shot in both public and private places without people’s consent or knowledge.

“The two computers were taken to Sydney to be viewed and analysed by specialists,” he said.

“As a result of that analysis police allege there were a number of child pornographic images.

“Investigating police have then viewed a number of the VHS tapes that were seized and as a result saw footage of an indecent nature.”

The man is currently on bail and will appear before the Coffs Harbour Local Court on September 27.

Police investigations will continue as it progresses through court.

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