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Qld man faces child exploitation charges

A Queensland removalist has faced court on child exploitation charges after a tip-off from US authorities.

Cal William Meehan appeared in a Brisbane court on Thursday after being arrested at a home in Gailes, southwest of Brisbane, on January 28.

Australian Federal Police arrested the 35-year-old after being tipped off by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.

The NCMEC said someone was allegedly uploading child abuse material using a Google account in Queensland.

Police found two laptops, an iPad and numerous USBs, allegedly containing child abuse material at Meehan’s home, the AFP said in a statement.

Three mobile phones and two external hard drives were also seized.

Meehan was charged with three counts of possessing child abuse material obtained or accessed using a carriage service and six counts of possessing child exploitation material.

He was also charged with two counts of unlawful possession of a butterfly knife and one count of having an unregistered vehicle.

Meehan is not allowed to contact or approach any person under the age of 16, unless in the presence of a person who is at least 16 years old, according to court documents.

He is expected to appear in Ipswich Magistrates Court on May 20.

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