Suppression order lifted on accused child sex offender
A MAGISTRATE has lifted suppression orders preventing Bangalow's Adam Meads being named in relation to 28 alleged child sex offences against 11 teenage boys.
Meads, who was already facing 24 charges including using a carriage service to groom persons under 16, and using a carriage service to transmit communication to a person under 16, was charged with four additional offences after he was arrested on August 28.
It is alleged the 24-year-old was found in possession of a mobile phone containing 370 videos and 2200 images, which the court heard 'have to be categorised'.
Meads appeared in Byron Bay Local Court on August 28 and August 29, both times not applying for bail.
Yesterday he appeared in Lismore Local Court where prosecutors submitted suppression and non-publication orders be lifted, as, when they were imposed by Magistrate David Heilpern in December 2013, Meads faced two charges relating to one victim.
"Since then a number of further charges in relation to 10 further victims have been laid," Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions prosecutor, Ms Cook submitted.
Solicitor Ian McKay submitted affidavits from Meads' parents, who have their home for sale and plan to move from Bangalow, claiming if their son's name was published they would be at risk of harassment.
In lifting the orders, Mr Heilpern took into account Mr McKay's submissions, but cited high-profile cases against Rolf Harris and Robert Hughes, who were convicted of committing child sex offences.
"The very publicity that surrounds matters of this type gives rise to further victims coming forward," he said.
Meads' matters were adjourned until a date in November.