Man on child porn charges bailed

A LISMORE man has been ordered not to go near children’s play areas, schools, public parks and swimming pools after being granted court bail following his charging by police over child pornography allegations.

Dennis Johnson, 27, was charged on February 5 with producing and disseminating child pornography, contravening a prohibition order (being subject to a child protection prohibition order when in an area prohibited to him).

Johnson, who is deaf, required an Auslan interpreter while making his bail application before magistrate Robyn Denes.

Through his interpreter he said he was pleading not guilty to both charges.

Police opposed bail and documents before the court stated there had been a previous breach of a prohibition order with Johnson on a bond at the time of the latest allegation.

Concern was expressed for Johnson’s welfare if he remained in custody.

Following a break in court proceedings Ms Denes said that despite police objections she would give him conditional bail.

When she asked if his special phone had been seized Johnson’s lawyer said it had.

Johnson was granted bail and ordered to report daily to Lismore police with conditions that he not approach children, did not access the internet from any computer or phone, and not go within 50m of any school or children’s play area including public swimming pools.

Ms Denes also ordered him not to buy a new phone.

His lawyer said there was a special teletext type phone he used at Lismore Base Hospital that Ms Denes also barred him from using.

“You must not access the internet with a phone,” Ms Denes emphasised.

Through his interpreter Johnson said he understood the bail conditions.

The matter was adjourned to March 22.



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