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Muirhead pleads not guilty

to child porn charges

Andrew Darby, Hobart

February 3, 2011 – 9:28AM

ABC Radio and TV presenter Andy Muirhead.ABC Radio and TV presenter Andy Muirhead.

Former ABC presenter Andy Muirhead today pleaded not guilty to two child pornography charges in the Hobart Magistrates Court.

Muirhead, the former host of the popular ABC TV seriesĀ The Collectors, was bailed to appear for trial in the Tasmanian Supreme Court on April 4.

The pleas came almost eight months after Australian Federal Police officers searched his Sandy Bay home and seized his computer.

Muirhead, 34, was first charged in June with the federal offence of using the internet for child pornography.

He immediately took unpaid leave fromĀ The Collectors and his hosting role on ABC Radio in Hobart.

In August, he was charged with the state-based offence of possessing child exploitation material.

Muirhead stood in suit and tie before magistrate Sam Mollard today, but the not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf by his lawyer, Marita Altman.

Outside the court, Muirhead walked away without responding to questions from reporters.

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