Illawarra Newsroom

Feds raid Windang home as part of child abuse material investigation

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A Windang man has been released on strict conditional bail by Wollongong Local Court after being charged with multiple child abuse material offences.

50-year-old Bevan Coker was arrested by Australian Federal Police on Wednesday where they seized mobile phones from his home.

The AFP said it began an investigation after receiving a referral from the United States based National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children that an internet user believed to be based in Australia had accessed CAM using a Google account.

He was charged with two counts of possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and three counts of using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material.

The potential maximum penalty for the offences is 15 years’ imprisonment.

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The Kiwi national is accused of using a number of social media platforms to send and receive hundreds of videos and images of children being sexually abused.

The matter returns to court in December.

Images: AFP and 9 News Illawarra