A 39-year-old man from Auckland has been arrested after allegedly uploading and distributing child sex abuse material online.
The man, who was arrested on Friday, faces eight counts, including possession of an objectionable publication and knowingly exporting and distributing an objectionable publication.
The charges carry a maximum of 10 to 14 years in prison if the man is found guilty.
The arrest comes after an investigation by the Customs Child Exploitation Operations Team (CEOT) and was launched after international reports of the uploading of 98 objectionable posts involving child sexual abuse.
Customs were made aware of the alleged illegal activity by an overseas social media chat platform and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC).
NCMEC, an NGO based in the United States, had been contacted by an online cloud sharing service.
CEOT Acting Chief Customs Officer Peter Thompson also acknowledged the assistance of the police in efforts to locate the offender, as well as support from abroad.
“The dedication of Customs CEOT specialists and our work with police and the Department of Home Affairs, along with our network of intelligence and investigative sources around the world, gives us a broad and powerful reach to track down and prosecute. those who deal in the sexual exploitation of children.”