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A 21-year-old Alexandra man who allegedly downloaded child pornography and used file-sharing so others could also view it has been arrested and is facing six charges.
Senior Constable Chris Blackford said the ''level of offensiveness is at the high end'', according to the detective in Queenstown dealing with the case.
Queenstown police were alerted to the alleged activity by Online Child Exploitation Across New Zealand (Oceanz).
Oceanz is a specialist team within the New Zealand Police working as part of a Virtual Global Taskforce.
Detective Matt Jones, of Queenstown, said the offensive material was identified as coming from an IP address on Frankton Rd and the alleged offender was interviewed a couple of months ago. A search warrant was
executed and Snr Const Blackford said the man had since moved back to Alexandra after living in Queenstown last year.
The man, who was arrested on Wednesday morning in Queenstown, is alleged to have downloaded sexually explicit still images and movies of young boys.
Snr Const Blackford said it was alleged others were able to view the objectionable material through peer-to-peer file-sharing.
Det Jones said the man was expected to appear in front of a registrar in the Queenstown District Court on Monday and would be bailed to appear in front of a judge on March 10.