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Four months jail for child sex doll importer

A Perth man who pleaded guilty to having more than 1,000 child abuse images and importing a child sex doll will spend just four months behind bars.

The man first came to the attention of the Australian Border Force (ABF) in September last year, when officers at the Sydney Gateway Facility intercepted a parcel from Hong Kong addressed to the man’s residence in the Perth suburb of Bicton.

The parcel contained the bottom half of a silicone female child-like sex doll.

In November, ABF officers at Perth International Airport seized the man’s mobile phone as he departed for a holiday in Thailand.

A subsequent electronic examination of the phone located 1,199 images and 72 videos categorised as child abuse material.

A search warrant was executed on the man’s home where ABF officers seized a laptop and external hard drive that were both found to contain child abuse material.

Those items were referred to the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for investigation.

AFP officers located 386 images on the laptop, and 833 images and three videos on the external hard drive, all of which depicted child abuse material.

The man was then arrested by ABF Investigators at Perth Airport on 2 December when he returned from his holiday. He subsequently pleaded guilty to four child abuse charges.

Yesterday Perth District Court Judge Stephen Lemonis sentenced the man to a head sentence of one-year imprisonment, to be released after four months on a $3,000 recognizance release order to be of good behaviour, and on the condition that he continues with his behavioural treatment programmes.

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