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Charges laid over alleged child abuse material - Manning/Great Lakes PD

Sunday, 20 November 2022 01:58:21 PM

A man has been charged over allegedly possessing child abuse material following investigations in the state’s Mid-North Coast.

Earlier this week, officers from Manning/Great Lakes Police District commenced an investigation, following reports a man was in possession of child abuse material.

Following further inquiries, investigators executed a search warrant at a home in Tinonee about 9.40pm yesterday.

Police seized several items, including mobile phones, laptops and electronic storage devices, to undergo forensic examination.

A 57-year-old man was arrested at the property and taken to Taree Police Station, where he was charged with possess child abuse material, disseminate child abuse material, and possess prohibited drug.

Police will allege in court the man was accessing and sending child abuse material through a mobile phone app.

The man was refused bail and appeared at Port Macquarie Local Court today (Sunday 20 November 2022), where he was refused bail to appear before Taree Local Court tomorrow (Monday 21 November 2022).

Anyone with concerns about suspected child abuse or exploitation should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. People should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.

Anyone with information about the dissemination of child abuse material online is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.