A chef from Brisbane, Australia, has been charged with child pornography after he promised to send explicit pictures of his newborn baby to an undercover FBI agent posing as a paedophile.
Ashley David Hill, 23, was charged last Saturday with using a carriage service for child pornography material and three counts of possessing child pornography.
He was arrested by Australian Federal Police the day before, reported the Courier Mail.
The father-to-be was allegedly using a file-sharing service to send and receive child pornography images with another person via the Internet.
He allegedly brokered a deal online to supply images of his newborn baby being abused to the undercover agent.
His partner is just weeks away from giving birth.
Hill had sent a scanned copy of his unborn child's ultrasound to the agent as proof.
Australian police searched his home last Friday after a tip-off and they found a large number of child exploitation images on computers and hard drives in the house.
Hill's lawyer, Ms Rhianna Batt, applied for bail on the man's behalf, subject to strict conditions requested by police.
Police prosecutor asked that Hill be banned from using the Internet, not have any unsupervised contact with children aged under 16 and that he stays at a home while on bail.
Bail was granted but Hill had to surrender his passport to the authorities.
He has to appear in court on Feb 13.
If convicted, he faces up to 15 years' jail under the Commonwealth Criminal Code.
This article was first published on January 31, 2015.
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