Thailand: Aussie to be deported on child porn charges


Bangkok - Thai authorities will deport a former West Australian policeman accused of posting a haul of discs containing child pornography to Australia.

Perth police issued an arrest warrant for Christopher Ronald White, 47, after Australian customs officials seized the haul and found White's fingerprints on the package, Thai immigration police said.

White's visa, which had allowed him to live in Thailand for several years, had been revoked and immigration officers expected to deport him within a few days, they said.

Thai authorities said White was known to police. He was arrested in August last year over allegations he had kept a local underage girl as a sex slave for four years.

Following a lengthy police investigation, Thai prosecutors said officers had failed to provide them with proof that White had had a sexual relationship with the girl.

They ruled the case could not proceed to court due to a lack of evidence. White consistently denied the girl's allegations.

He now faces prosecution in Western Australia over the haul of child pornography, which allegedly includes images of a European man engaged with sex acts with young Asian girls.

A WA Police spokesman said White had once been a senior constable in charge of a one-man station at Dwellingup, about 100km south-east of Perth.

Thai authorities said White had been living in the country for more than five years and promoted himself as a bomb expert, who gave regular lectures at several learning institutes in Thailand.

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