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Child porn accused IT expert breached strict bail conditions

An IT expert who allegedly took pornographic images of his young daughter broke his strict bail conditions when he sent an email to a church pastor less than 24 hours after his release.

The Canberra man, who cannot be named, is facing one child pornography charge for sending images to a covert police officer using a secretive, encrypted email account based in Canada.

Police say they have seized 25 explicit images of the man's daughter in an interstate hotel room from two camera memory cards, including one image that allegedly shows the defendant with the girl.

Authorities have also seized computers, USB sticks, phones, a camera and emails, and are expecting to lay further charges.

The 36-year-old, who owns a small IT company, was released on bail on Friday, after his lawyers argued his business would fail without his skills and expertise.

But within 24 hours, the man breached his bail conditions by sending a series of emails unrelated to work.

One of those emails was to a pastor, and another was to a friend who recommended he contact the pastor.

Other emails were sent to friends.

The emails were not untoward in any way, the court heard, but the prosecution said they showed a "flagrant disregard" for his strict bail conditions.

The defence said the breach was a silly mistake, but argued the man's expertise in IT meant email communication was so normal it was like making a phone call.

They said he "simply didn't think" when he sent the emails, but that a night in custody had helped him appreciate the seriousness of the situation.

The Commonwealth prosecutor argued the court should ban him from all use of the internet.

But Magistrate David Mossop instead toughened his bail conditions without banning internet use.

The strict conditions include allowing the Australian Federal Police access to any computers or devices at any time they request.

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