PORN RAIDS NET LOCAL MAN

By AAP and RACHEL SCOLLAY

A 60-YEAR-OLD Brunswick Heads man will appear in the Tweed Heads Local Court on November 8 over the alleged possession of child pornography.

His property was one of two on the Northern Rivers to be targeted in Australia's biggest child porn crackdown.

Richmond police said a large quantity of suspected pornographic material, including videos, DVDs and computer hard drives, had been seized from a Woodburn property.

Det Insp Andrew Campbell said the material would be sent to the Office of Films and Literature for classification.

They had been unable to obtain the images in advance to have them classified, he said.

A 33-year-old Sydney male teacher and church pastor were among the first of over 200 Australians to appear in court following raids on users of Internet child porn websites in the former Soviet republic of Belarus.

In Melbourne, a primary school teacher and an Anglican minister also face charges.

International investigators tipped many more arrests in Australia and the Australian Federal Police said more than 500 people could be implicated.

Prime Minister John Howard said he was appalled at the scale of the child porn network, while Opposition Leader Mark Latham said he was sickened and disgusted at the allegations.

The unnamed Sydney teacher appeared in Waverley Local Court charged with 22 child pornography offences.

The court heard the man set up a video camera behind a mirror in a school changing room and filmed female students.

Police who searched his home recovered a computer with images of young children engaged in sex acts, as well as the videos of girls changing.

Magistrate Lee Gilmore said the alleged crimes were 'abhorrent' and remanded the man in custody.

Warning many more Australians could be implicated, Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty said: "Paedophilia is now becoming a worrying feature of law enforcement activity because it is so pervasive. "This operation has provided us information of in excess of 500 Australians accessing the material."



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