Porn Hidden In Xmas Gifts
Parents have been warned to check their children's Christmas presents after it was
revealed hundreds of hardcore pornographic images had been hidden in books, clothes
and toys at some of Melbourne's major shopping centres.
Police fear children could open gifts on Christmas morning to find them lined with porn.
Information technology expert Kenneth Palliser, 53, of Mitcham, allegedly slipped
pornographic images of children into merchandise at four major shopping complexes
in the eastern suburbs between November 18 and 26.
He was arrested in a police sting at Forest Hill Chase Shopping Centre on November
26 and Taskforce Goral has been set up to investigate the full scope of his alleged activity.
The shopping centres where goods were allegedly contaminated were Knox City, Doncaster,
Forest Hill Chase and Eastland.
Det. Sen-Sgt Greg Heafield, of the Nunawading Criminal Investigation Unit, appealed to
parents to check gifts thoroughly before wrapping them to avoid a shock on December 25.
"Appropriate action was taken by police at an early stage, but I'd encourage parents to
look at the gifts first to ensure there nothing in it that might alarm
the child," Det. Sen-Sgt Heafield said.
"The resulting arrest is pleasing, although the offence is horrific and has
terrible overtones for parents."
It is alleged the images, printed from the internet, were laminated and cut
to postcard size then slipped into the pockets of girls' clothes, toys and books.
Det. Sen-Sgt Heafield was satisfied the suspect had operated alone and not
as part of a wider pedophile network.
The Victoria Police Sex Crimes Squad and the Computer Crime Squad
have been notified.
Mr Palliser is facing five charges including contaminating goods and
possessing child pornography. Police expect to charge him with up to
20 more offences.
He won bail at an out-of-court hearing on November 27 and is next due
in the Ringwood Magistrates' Court on January 11.
Taskforce Goral head Det. Acting Sgt Alex Stewart said more images were
being discovered by consumers.
He believed "several hundred" were in circulation.
While staff at the affected stores had checked merchandise, it was
possible consumers had left with goods containing pornographic images,
Information can be given to Crime Stoppers.
Sunday Herlad Sun (10-12-2006)