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Child abuse accused to be extradited to US

AAP logoAAP 10/11/2016

A Perth man will be extradited to the US to face child abuse charges after losing a High Court bid to appeal against the decision.

Christopher Donald Lobban is accused of encouraging his online girlfriend in Florida to send him images of her two children, aged 14 and 15, being spanked and whipped.

He was arrested and detained in July 2011 after a raid on his property by officers who seized laptops, DVDs, mobile phones and other electronic devices.

Lobban lost his Federal Court fight in August, and on Thursday, the High Court refused his request for special leave to appeal against his extradition.

If convicted of the child exploitation charges, Lobban, who is in his 50s, faces a minimum jail term of 25 years, with no possibility of parole, as it was abolished in Florida in 1983.

The woman, who worked within the prison system in Polk County, was jailed for 20 years after a plea bargain on charges of aggravated child abuse, lewd or lascivious battery and using a child in a sexual performance.

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