Supporters of Sergio Montoya depart the the District Court in Sydney on Monday, April 24, 2017. Montoya, a former Sydney dance teacher and teacher's aide, has been sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child porn charges.
Supporters of Sergio Montoya depart the the District Court in Sydney on Monday, April 24, 2017. Montoya, a former Sydney dance teacher and teacher's aide, has been sentenced to two years in prison after he pleaded guilty to child porn charges. AAP Image - Paul Miller

Dance teacher jailed over child porn images and videos

A FORMER Sydney dance teacher, reality television contestant and teacher's aide has been jailed after he was caught with more than 500 child porn images and videos depicting children as young as two.

Sergio Montoya also took upskirt photos of young students with special needs when he worked at an inner-city school, and begged a woman in text messages to send sexualised photos of her 15-year-old daughter, according to court documents.

The 48-year-old cried in the NSW District Court dock on Monday as Judge John North accepted Montoya was genuinely remorseful before sentencing him to two years' jail time from January 2017.

Montoya, who has worked as a courier driver since his arrest, will be released into the custody of NSW Community Corrections in January 2019, Judge North said. The one-time winner of Network Ten's Star Search had pleaded guilty to using a carriage service to access child pornography, as well as possessing and producing child abuse material.

Police seized his computer in December 2015 after an anonymous tip-off to Crime Stoppers and discovered 507 pornographic images and four videos involving children aged between two and 14.

Sergio Montoya on Starsearch in 1991.
Sergio Montoya on Starsearch in 1991. The Daily Telegraph

Some of the material - accessed online between September 2014 and 2015 - depicted intercourse with children and Judge North said they could have suffered physical harm, pain and cruelty.

He said it was "a real concern" that Montoya also took phone photos of young students' crotches in the classroom and playground when he worked at the Bridge Road School for special needs children.

"This is a real abuse of trust here, and these victims were children who were really vulnerable," he said.

About the same time, Montoya was pleading with a woman in text messages to include her 15-year-old daughter, referred to as "EM", in nude photos, according to the agreed statement of facts.

"I want one of (EM) too ... Mmmmmmm baby," one of the messages read. "In panties or bra or not doesn't matter ... OMG." Judge North noted that Montoya had received professional treatment and shown remorse.

He told the court during a hearing: "I'm beside myself with guilt." The judge said Montoya had been diagnosed with a lifelong "pedophilic disorder" but was at a moderate to low risk of reoffending with ongoing treatment. An emotional

Montoya made a prayer gesture to his family as he was led out of court.

Originally published as Sydney dance teacher jailed for child porn

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