Rugby Australia executive fired over arrest

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Rugby Australia has released a statement following the arrest of a senior executive on alleged child pornography charges.

According to the statement the board met and resolved to terminate the individual's employment effective immediately. There was no confirmation of what the charges were, nor was the executive named.

New Limited publications have stated that the man was arrested by federal police after a laptop and mobile phone allegedly containing videos of young children being sexually abused were seized during a raid.

He was charged with one count each of using a carriage service to solicit child abuse material, possessing or controlling child abuse mat­erial obtained or accessed using a carriage service, using a carriage service to access child abuse material, and causing child abuse material to be transmitted to self using a carriage service.

The 41-year-old Sydney man appeared in the Parramatta Local Court on Saturday where he was refused bail. He will next appear in the Central Local Court on 10th November.

Rugby Australia stated that it takes all matters relating to the behaviour of its employees very seriously.