Man jailed for underage pornography offences
A Pilbara man who posed as a young woman on social media to elicit sexually explicit photos and videos from underage males has been sentenced to 18 months in prison.
Daniel Jason Peter Outram, 21, appeared before the Perth District Court last Thursday for sentencing on 22 charges, including 19 offences of using a carrier service to transmit child pornography material.
He also faced one count of possessing child exploitation material, one count of distributing child exploitation material and one count of using electronic communication to expose someone under 16 to indecent material.
The offences occurred over a three-year period from 2013 to early 2016, and against about 20 boys as young as 12, who Outram deceived as to his identity by pretending to be a girl using other material he had obtained.
In his sentencing remarks, District Court Judge Patrick O’Neal said while the offences had involved a “substantial” amount of material, its nature was at the lower end of criminality for its kind.
However, he said Outram had shown little remorse or insight about his actions and had demonstrated “organised, concerted and persistent offending”.
Outram pleaded guilty to all offences after the case had been committed for trial, after initially entering pleas of not guilty.
Judge O’Neal said he accepted the guilty pleas showed the accused took some responsibility for the offences and warranted a sentencing discount of 15 per cent.
He said Outram’s young age was also a mitigating factor.
Judge O’Neal sentenced the 21year-old to 12 to 18 months on each charge, to be served concurrently over an 18-month total sentence.
The sentence was backdated to April 8, 2016 and Outram was made eligible for parole on his State charges.
He will be eligible for release in March next year.