Child porn accused facing fresh charges

A Penrose man facing child pornography charges yesterday had a fresh count laid against him after he was allegedly found with multiple images of a partially dressed young boy on his mobile phone.

Andrew John Morgan, 45, was allegedly caught with 21 pictures of the pre-pubescent boy, which showed him in a state of undress.

Wollongong Local Court heard some of the pictures also contained images of Morgan's genitalia.

Police allege they discovered the images on Morgan's mobile phone after stopping his car near Lake Illawarra in the early hours of yesterday morning.

He was arrested and charged with a single count of possessing child pornography.

The court yesterday heard Morgan was already on conditional court bail for separate possession of child pornography charges when he was apprehended.

In seeking bail, Morgan's solicitor Stewart Holt said his client had strong ties to the community, had lived in his current address for six months and nothing on his record indicated he wouldn't appear at court.

He said Morgan was suffering from schizophrenia and, if allowed to remain at liberty, would be able to keep appointments with his doctor.

However, police prosecutor Sergeant Ben Hart asked the court to keep Morgan behind bars.

He said there was no presumption in favour of his release, adding the Crown case was strong and that Morgan had made admissions to police about downloading the images.

Magistrate Darryl Pearce denied Morgan bail, saying protection of the community was paramount. All matters have been adjourned to May 19.

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