Brisbane man charged over child porn ring

A Brisbane man has been released on bail after appearing in court on child pornography charges.

He was arrested during raids around the country by the Australian Federal Police, who say they have smashed a pedophile ring trading child pornography images.

Kenneth Donald Reid, 50, of Mount Warren Park, faced three charges in Beenleigh Magistrates Court on Friday, including accessing and possessing child pornography.

Reid, who did not enter a plea, was allowed bail to appear again in the same court on June 1.

He has been ordered to report twice weekly to police, have no contact with a number of persons identified by the AFP as victims, surrender his passport, and not approach international points of departure.

Hundreds of thousands of images and videos, some involving toddlers, have been seized. Police say some of the 14 men arrested include fathers.

Officers searched 19 homes in Victoria, NSW, Queensland and the ACT and laid 27 charges after receiving a tip-off from Interpol last December.

The peer-to-peer file-sharing network, which involves the sharing of information without using a central server, was originally discovered in Germany.

Those arrested range in age from 21 to 64.

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