Man facing 70 child sex abuse charges stays behind bars after withdrawing bail application | #childabuse | #children | #kids

A 70-year-old Mid West man, accused of procuring child sexual abuse in the Philippines to watch at his home in Australia, will remain behind bars after withdrawing his application for bail.  

Phillip John Ryan appeared in the Geraldton Magistrate’s Court on Monday charged by the Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team with 70 offences.

The Australian Federal Police released a statement outlining some of the allegations, which included payments being made to “multiple entities in the Philippines for purposes including to procure children to be sexually abused, with this abuse allegedly committed on camera for him to watch live from his home in WA’s Mid West”.

More charges expected

Mr Ryan’s lawyer, Xavier Sellathambu, told the court on Monday that he intended to apply for bail for his client, but today he sought to withdraw the application.

He told the court he understood “there are further charges in the pipeline”.

Mr Ryan, who appeared via video link from Greenough Regional Prison, asked if a relative was in court for his appearance, and said “thank you, sir” when the magistrate told him he was being remanded in custody until July 12.

He was not required to plead to the charges, which included being engaged in conduct intending to cause a child to engage in sexual activity outside of Australia in the presence of the defendant, intending to procure a child to engage in sexual activity outside Australia, using a carriage service to solicit for child pornography, and using a carriage service to procure a person under 16 years to engage in sex activity with sender.

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