Australian charged over 35,000 child porn images

A former Australian Federal Police worker who changed his name to Elvis Presley was refused bail after more than 35,000 child pornography images were allegedly found at his Sydney home.

Last Updated: Dec 02, 2011, 11:57 AM IST

Canberra: A former Australian Federal Police worker who changed his name to Elvis Presley was refused bail on Friday after more than 35,000 child pornography images were allegedly found at his Sydney home.

Officers raided the house on Thursday and seized computer equipment and hard drives, allegedly uncovering 800 videos as well as thousands of pictures of child abuse.

Police say they also discovered Australian Federal Police uniforms, batons and handcuffs.

The 49-year-old changed his name by deed poll to Elvis Presley but was charged under his old name, Michael Feuerstein, ABC radio reported.

He faces three counts of possessing and disseminating child pornography, possessing a prohibited weapon and possessing ammunition without a license.

Superintendent Greg Rolph earlier said police were still trawling through the material and efforts were being made to identify the children allegedly depicted in the photos and videos.

Police would not say what the man`s current occupation was, but added he previously held positions of authority that allegedly allowed him contact with "emotionally and physically vulnerable children".

A news agency said he worked with the federal police in the 1980s.

He is due to reappear in court on January 30.

Bureau Report