Teen pleads guilty to child porn

A CASINO teenager caught by Australian Federal Police with 171 child pornography images, including video files downloaded off the internet, will be sentenced in court next week.

Now aged 18, the offender pleaded guilty in the Lismore Children’s Court to possession of the child pornography on October 16 last year; and using the internet to access child pornography between January 1 and October 9 last year.

Police state he was 17 at the time of the offences, but aged 18 when arrested by police and charged.

Crown documents putbefore Magistrate Robyn Denes detailing the child exploitation offences stated the teen’s undoing came about last year when the Queensland Crime and Conduct Commission conducted an online internet investigation to identify persons of interest.

The teen’s personal computer code was identified and police conducted a search of his Casino home last October.

His laptop was seized and when police analysed its contents illegal images were located on a hard disk drive.

The images showed naked children in sexually explicit poses, some with adults.

Classified on the Copine scale, which is used in the United Kingdom, the images were graded at Level One (posing only) to Level Five (the most graphic).

According to the Crown, 80 of the still images, of children aged five to 13 years, were classified as Level One, along with another 20 multi-media images.

Twenty still images of children aged between five and 13 were classified as Level Two (showing sexual acts between children); while one image only was classified as Level Five (sadistic sexual acts).

Defence lawyer Ralph James, in a written submission, stated the offences had been committed when his client was aged 17, with most of the images falling into the lowest end of objective seriousness.

Mr James stated that 93.6 per cent of the images fell at below Level Two and that his client could not fall into any other category but as a ‘browser’, which also placed him at ‘the lower end of the rung of offending’.

The Crown, in its submission, said both offences carried penalties of a maximum two years’ jail and fines not exceeding $13,200 and $11,000.

It stated there was a need for deterrence.

“The internet provides an anonymous forum for people such as the offender to access child pornography,” the Crown stated.



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