Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Dad Tells of Raid Distress

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Dad Tells of Raid Distress

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MAROOCHYDORE resident Chris Illingworth had his home and business raided by paedophile-busting police because he re-published on the internet a viral video of a man recklessly swinging a baby.

The father of four has been charged with accessing, downloading and uploading child abuse material with the intent to distribute and is scheduled to appear in Maroochydore Magistrates Court on December 18.

The controversial video - which Mr Illingworth re-published on the video-sharing website Liveleak - has been published widely on the internet and shown on TV news shows.

Mr Illingworth, 60, said he had uploaded hundreds of videos to Liveleak, a site similar to YouTube, during the past two years.

In a posted message on the site, he said officers from Task Force Argos - which specialises in combating child pornography and child groomers - treated him like a "common criminal" when they raided his home on November 30.

"I was visited at my home, with neighbours watching, by the gun-wielding Task Force Argos," he said. …

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