ABF (Australian Border Force) officers stopped 32-year-old Manpreet Singh for a routine baggage check after he arrived on a flight from Kuala Lumpur on Saturday.
During the check, two mobile phones belonging to Singh were found to have five videos containing child exploitation material, two videos containing child abuse and two videos containing other abhorrent material.
Singh pleaded guilty in Perth Magistrates Court to two Commonwealth charges earlier this week and was sentenced on Thursday.
The court heard he had many more videos on his phones that he deleted before he came to Australia.
The magistrate said the offending images were serious but took into account Singh’s early guilty plea, cooperation with authorities and previously clean record.
He was fined $500 and sentenced to seven months in prison, but will only have to serve two months behind bars.
He will then be sent back to India.
ABF regional commander for WA Rod O’Donnell said his officers were highly skilled in tracking down such “vile” material.
“This kind of material has no place in Australian society and our officers are always on the lookout for these videos and images coming through our airports,” he said.
“We won’t hesitate to utilise our powers to prosecute or remove from Australia persons associated with these vile activities who may pose a threat to our community.”