Tourist jailed after arriving in Australia with 1000 child abuse videos

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A Japanese tourist has been jailed for 16 months in a Western Australian prison for possessing more than 1000 child exploitation videos on his phone.

Masahiro Kobayashi, 31, pleaded guilty to attempting to import child abuse material and was sentenced in the WA District Court on Tuesday.

Judge Fiona Vernon heard he had 1091 videos in his possession.

Japanese tourist Masahiro Kobayashi has his phone viewed by Australian Border Force at Perth airport.
Masahiro Kobayashi, 31, pictured being questioned by ABF staff, pleaded guilty to attempting to import child abuse material. Source: AAP

He was sentenced to 16 months' jail with a $5000 good behaviour bond for a further eight months following his release.

His tourist visa was cancelled the day of his arrest and he will be deported when released from prison.

After arriving from Tokyo, the Japanese national was arrested at Perth International Airport in November after Australian Border Force officers initially found about 200 videos and pictures depicting child abuse.

Further examinations found hundreds more videos were saved in an app on his mobile.

The maximum penalty for importing or exporting child abuse material is 10 years’ imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $525,000.

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