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Man Charged With Arson in Deadly Australian Fire, Child Porn Possession

A 39-year-old man has been charged with lighting a fatal bushfire and possessing child pornography.

The Herald Sun reports the suspect, who cannot be named, was charged at Morewell Magistrates' Court with one count of arson causing death and one count of intentionally lighting a bushfire.

The arson charge carries a maximum penalty of 25 years, with the bushfire charge carrying a maximum penalty of 15 years.

Both charges relate to incidents that occurred Saturday.

He has also been charged with possessing images of child pornography.

The suspect was arrested in Churchill Thursday as part of Operation Winston, the local arm of the police's Phoenix taskforce, set up to investigate Victoria's bushfires.

Det Sen-Sgt Adam Shoesmith of the Arson Squad said the suspect was arrested in a public place and "went without a fight."

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