It prompted an investigation by the NSW Joint Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET), before a search warrant was conducted at the man’s home in West Ryde on Tuesday.
During the raid investigators allegedly located child abuse material. Among the items seized were smart phones, cameras and memory cards, as well as travel documents, diaries and handwritten notes allegedly linked to criminal behaviour in the Philippines.
Federal police are working with their counterparts in the Philippines to identify victims among the child abuse material and any other adults who may be involved, while forensic examinations of the devices remain ongoing.
JACET Detective Sergeant Jarryd Dunbar said cross-border investigations were key to targeting any Australians involved in child sex tourism as “abusers, consumers or facilitators.”
“Any act to exploit a child for profit is one of the most heinous crime types we encounter, and that is why it is crucial we work together with other partners to stop this vile trade,” he said.
“We are committed to evolving our work with agencies who are joined in this fight to protect children, and we will continue to target Australians who are involved in this trade as abusers, consumers or facilitators.”
AUSTRAC national manager Bradley Brown said the arrest of Mr Corley “demonstrates how financial intelligence can be critical in discovering and prosecuting child sex offenders”.
On Wednesday Mr Corley was formally refused bail.
He is scheduled to appear at Burwood Local Court on March 25.
The man’s arrest comes less than three months after AUSTRAC launched legal action against Westpac, accusing it of more than 23 million breaches of finance laws, including transfers allegedly linked to child exploitation.
It is alleged 12 Westpac customers made almost $500,000 in transfers to known child exploitation providers in Asia.
In a federal court statement of claim AUSTRAC said Westpac had failed to “carry out appropriate due diligence on customers sending money to the Philippines and South-East Asia for known child exploitation risks”.
Earlier this month in a case not related to Mr Corley’s, a Victorian man and notorious Australian sex offender was charged suspected of using the bank’s transfer system to pay for live-streamed child abuse videos in south-east Asia.
Lucy Cormack is a crime reporter with The Sydney Morning Herald.