Dalyellup man Darren Murray Stephens appeared in Bunbury Magistrates Court today after being charged for being in possession of more than 13,000 child exploitation images.
The court heard on August 8 this year, detectives conducted a search of Stephens residence in Dalyellup and found him to be in possession of digital images and videos of child exploitation material.
Stephens’ defence lawyer asked Magistrate Sandy De Maio to amend his bail condition – allowing Stephens to use the internet to complete job applications and his RSA certificate.
Sergeant Darren Grigson objected to the request, citing the strength of the case and the availability of alternative options for job applications.
Sergeant Grigson said police found a “substantial amount” of child exploitation material on Stephens’ Dell laptop and two thumb drives.
Magistrate De Maio said allowing Stephens to use the internet would be too hard to police and rejected the request.
“There are way too many images for me to take the risk and allow you to access the internet,” she said.
Stephens’ bail was extended and he will appear in Perth Magistrates Court on September 23.
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