Man charged with child abuse, bestiality offences after “concerning” find in car boot

A 61-year-old Australian man has been charged with child abuse and bestiality offences following a tip-off from authorities in the United States.

The man, from Tasmania, was arrested on Tuesday after police executed a search warrant at his Hobart home.

It comes after the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States alerted the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation to the alleged offending.


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During the raid, investigators seized a mobile phone and a laptop computer from the man’s property for further forensic analysis.

“Police will allege in court that folders found on the seized mobile phone contain child abuse material and bestiality content,” Australian Federal Police said.

Officers also seized a number of items from the boot of the accused’s car, which police suspect may be indicative of additional offending or plans for further offending.

“The items found in the car are particularly of concern in this context and our investigations are ongoing to identify any other possible offences,” AFP Commander Todd Hunter said.

The man has been charged with possessing child abuse material accessed using a carriage service and possessing bestiality product, which carry a maximum penalty of 15 years imprisonment.

He faced the Hobart Magistrates Court on Tuesday, where he was granted conditional bail to reappear on 30 March.

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