Man in court over child-like sex dolls

A Brisbane man charged with possessing child-like sex dolls has appeared in court.

Terry John Dunnett, 44, is the first person in Queensland to be charged with the offence under new Commonwealth laws targeting child abuse-related offences.

Dunnett appeared in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday and was released on bail to appear again on April 3.

An investigation was launched after a child-like sex doll was found in shipment from China last month, the Australian Federal Police said in a statement.

Officers allegedly seized two of the anatomically correct dolls, a laptop and tablet from Dunnett's house in the west Brisbane suburb of Riverhills on January 25.

The new offence came into force in September.

The Australian Federal Police's Lesa Gale said the dolls could desensitise people who used them to the physical, emotional and psychological harm caused by sexual abuse.

"These dolls are not harmless and do not prevent people from offending in the future," she said in a statement.

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