Labor insider found dead hours before a newspaper was set to reveal his child sex and porn charges

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A Labor powerbroker has been found dead hours before a newspaper was set to reveal child sex and porn charges against him.

Andres Puig was found dead in his East Melbourne home on Friday night hours after learning The Australian planned to print that he was charged with child sex offences.

The paper was set to publish that the influential lobbyist was charged with producing and possessing child pornography and other child sex ­offences and was listed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates Court on April 16.

The 44-year-old was charged over offences allegedly committed last year, with The Australian reporting that he was released on bail following heightened investigations in October. 

Victorian Police confirmed Mr Puig’s death in a media release.

‘Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the death of a man in East Melbourne on Friday night,’ the release said.

‘The man was located deceased in his Powlett Street home shortly before 6.30pm. The death is not being treated as suspicious.’

The former ­Victorian ALP assistant state secretary rose through political ranks before building the Civic Group consultancy firm before leaving the lobbying company in October 2019.

An anonymous source said ‘there’s no coincidence he disappeared from public life at this time.

‘It’s the same time the investigation ramped up.’

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