Quick-thinking Queenstown police spark child porn bust

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Quick-thinking Queenstown cops have sparked a dramatic airport swoop stopping an alleged child porn fiend from leaving New Zealand.

Daniel Cabral Schiavini, a 26-year-old Queenstown-based seasonal ski worker from Brazil, was collared in the departure lounge at Auckland International Airport just minutes before he was due to board a flight to South America.

His arrest on August 24 came not long after he’d cleared initial passport and security checks and he was waiting to get on the plane.

It’s believed Queenstown police issued an alert to airports nationwide after material – including sickening images of child pornography and bestiality – were allegedly discovered on Schiavini’s laptop.

The computer is thought to have been seized earlier and sent to a police electronic crime lab in Dunedin for examination.

Mountain Scene has been told hardened Queenstown officers were “shocked and disgusted” by some of the material found, which allegedly included video footage of sex acts involving girls as young as 12.

Following his arrest in Auckland, Schiavini was remanded to the city’s notorious Mount Eden Prison.

He was released on bail after appearing at Manukau District Court on September 1 and now faces 10 charges of possessing objectionable publications and another charge of taking, obtaining or using a document for pecuniary advantage.

Detective sergeant Grahme Bartlett of Queenstown police says he can confirm a person of interest was located in the departure lounge of the Auckland International Airport.

“He was heading for South America on a one-way ticket and that person has been arrested and charges laid.”

Schiavini was caught “almost immediately” after an airport alert was issued by a quick-acting Queenstown officer.

“We put out alerts about people who are considered to be flight risks or people from overseas who could try to leave the country,” detective Bartlett says.

Schiavini is due to appear back in court at Manukau on September 29.