Cairns daycare centre owner charged with child porn
THE OWNER of a family childcare centre in Cairns has been arrested on child pornography offences through a joint operation between the Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Australian Federal Police and Border Force.
Francis Ranji Paramaguru, who co-owns a home daycare facility on Lake St, fronted Cairns Magistrates Court on Friday on six charges including importing child pornography.
He faces three counts of possessing child exploitation material, and one count each of intentionally importing tier-two goods without approval, using a carriage service to transmit, make available, publish, advertise or promote child pornography material and using a carriage service to access child pornography material.
The offending allegedly occurred between January 1 last year and September 6 this year with Mr Paramaguru arrested by police on Thursday.
When contacted by the Cairns Post, an AFP spokeswoman confirmed the investigation.
"The AFP can confirm a 57-year-old Malaysian man has been arrested in an AFP-led investigation with assistance from Queensland Police and Australian Border Force for offences relating to alleged possession of child exploitation material," the spokeswoman said.
"As the matter is before the courts no further comment can be made at this time."
Under the Australian Customs Act 1901 intentionally importing tier-two goods without approval, which includes items of child pornography and/or child abuse material, had maximum penalties of $275,000 and or 10 years jail.
Possessing child exploitation material has maximum penalties of 14 or 20 years jail depending on whether or not said person used a hidden network or an anonymising service to commit the offence.
These charges cannot be dealt with in the Magistrates Court jurisdiction, which can only impose a maximum penalty of three years' jail, so the matters will need to be committed to the District Court.
The case against Mr Paramaguru was adjourned to the Commonwealth call-over later this month.
Investigations into the allegations are continuing.