A 40-year-old male teacher has been arrested at Auckland Airport after allegedly being found in possession of child sexual abuse images and videos.
The man was arrested on Wednesday night, with a statement from Customs saying the pictures and videos were located on his phone.
The man appeared in the Manukau District Court this afternoon charged with importing and possessing objectionable publications. Investigations are ongoing, and further charges have not been ruled out.
Customs said the man came to their attention late last year following a “tip-off” from overseas enforcement partners.
He returned to New Zealand last night after a one year sabbatical in the United Kingdom, and was met by Customs officers. Customs said a search of his phone located numerous images and videos depicting child sexual abuse.
Customs Investigations Manager Bruce Berry says there is a global network of law enforcement agencies and partners that work together to stop individuals who commit crimes against children.