Man jailed for un­der­age pornog­ra­phy of­fences

Pilbara News - - News - Ali­cia Perera

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.

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