Customs arrest Christchurch man over child sexual abuse material

A Christchurch man has been arrested for allegedly possessing and sharing child sexual abuse material.

Customs received a notice from US-based social media platforms about objectionable videos a New Zealander had been uploading.

The notice accused the man of sharing the videos on messaging apps, Customs said.

Customs identified the 42-year-old man as a resident of Linwood, in the eastern suburbs of Christchurch.

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Customs agents raided his home this morning, but the man allegedly did not cooperate when agents attempted to search his cell phone.

Jason Christopher Fauth, a truck driver living in Linwood, appeared in custody at Christchurch District Court this afternoon charged with five counts of exporting, distributing and possessing objectionable publications and failing to provide access to a computer system.

Fauth appeared via audio-visual link before Judge Jane Farish.

He was granted bail under several conditions, including that he has no unsupervised access to the internet, does not associate with children under 16, does not consume alcohol or illegal drugs and does not attempt to leave New Zealand.

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Jason Fauth was released on bail from Christchurch District Court today after being arrested over allegations of child sexual abuse material.  Photo / George Heard
Jason Fauth was released on bail from Christchurch District Court today after being arrested over allegations of child sexual abuse material. Photo / George Heard

Jason Fauth leaves Christchurch District Court this afternoon.  Photo / George Heard
Jason Fauth leaves Christchurch District Court this afternoon. Photo / George Heard

Judge Farish released Fauth on bail to return to court on June 12. No statements were filed.

Customs director Simon Peterson said: “Although this man did not comply with our request, Customs investigators were able to analyze the phone’s SD card.

“This confirmed that he was in possession of numerous child sexual abuse videos and he was arrested at the scene,” Peterson said.

The man’s electronic devices were being held by Customs for forensic examination and could lead to him facing more charges, Peterson said.