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Police are searching for a mobile phone linked to a couple charged with child exploitation. (file pic)
Police are searching for a mobile phone linked to a couple charged with child exploitation. (file pic)

Police are searching for a missing mobile phone that is believed to be linked to a couple charged over child exploitation material in Lismore on Friday.

The couple, a man aged 30 years old and a 29-year-old woman, remain behind bars after being refused bail during appearances in the Lismore Local Court on Saturday.

They were arrested on Friday after police executed a search warrant at a home on McKenzie Street, Lismore, earlier in the week.

During the search on Tuesday, police allegedly discovered a number of suspicious images on computers.

A subsequent search of the computers allegedly located a large number of child exploitation images.

Some of the images allegedly depicted a man and woman committing acts of indecency upon a 12-year-old girl.

The man was charged with aggravated indecent assault offender in company; aggravated act of indecency offender in company; possess child abuse material; use child under 14 to make child abuse material; goods in custody, and other offences.

The woman was charged with aggravated indecent assault offender in company; aggravated act of indecency offender in company; possess child abuse material; use child under 14 to make child abuse material and goods in custody.

Meanwhile, police have appealed for public assistance in locating a mobile phone that they believe may have been disposed of or dumped.

Investigators believe the phone may have been disposed of somewhere in the CBD possibly in the vicinity of Lismore Base Hospital or McKenzie Street.

 


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