Suspended sentence for child porn
A MAN caught with a video of children being tied up and sexually assaulted has been released on a suspended jail sentence, despite a magistrate saying she needed to make an example of him.
Matthew Storer, 48, of Bilambil Heights, pleaded guilty in Lismore Local Court to charges of possessing child pornography and using a carriage service (the internet) to get it.
He was arrested last year after his activities were picked up by a Queensland Crime and Misconduct Commission investigation.
Storer claimed the downloads were accidental and the child porn had come along with adult pornography he had accessed.
However, despite claiming to be disgusted by the images and film, the court heard Storer had saved 58 child porn images and videos to his computer, compact discs and DVDs.
Titles of eight files listed in court documents clearly referred to child porn with references to pedophilia and incest, along with references to children’s ages, from two to 13.
Magistrate Robyn Denes said the content was even more disturbing. In one case it included images of pre-pubescent children being tied up and sexually penetrated by an adult.
Ms Denes said she could send Storer to prison for10 years. She said the courts had a role in stopping child pornography through deterrence. “Children are entitled to expect the community to protect them,” she said.
However, Ms Denes also described Storer’s offence as being ‘at the lower end of the scale’ because of the comparatively small number of files involved, because he was not distributing or profiting from the pornography, and the likelihood that the download had been inadvertent.
Taking into account Storer’s remorse and embarrassment, the fact he had no prior criminal record and his guilty plea, she sentenced him to eight months’ jail, wholly suspended, on the possession charge. On the carriage service charge she sentenced him to eight months but ordered he be immediately released and be of good behaviour for two years.