Child im­ages ‘vile, de­praved’

Judge slams 31-year-old man but sus­pends jail term

Stanthorpe Border Post - - NEWS - El­yse Wurm

A MAN who pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing 413 pieces of “vile” child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial walked free from court on Fri­day.

A lap­top and DVD, found at the Texas home of Hay­den Rus­sell Pratt, con­tained im­ages of bondage be­tween chil­dren, bes­tial­ity and rape.

Two movies were among the seized ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing one of a baby.

Judge Leanne Clare la­belled the stash “de­praved” dur­ing Pratt’s sen­tenc­ing at War­wick Dis­trict Court, where he pleaded guilty to two charges of pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial.

“It is dif­fi­cult to com­pre­hend how any­one could find plea­sure in such de­prav­ity and suf­fer­ing,” Judge Clare said.

De­fence lawyer Michael Bona­sia said a psy­cho­log­i­cal re­port showed Pratt, who is on a dis­abil­ity pen­sion, had a cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment, and wasn’t equipped psy­cho­log­i­cally to stop his be­hav­iour.

Judge Clare said Pratt’s per­sonal cir­cum­stances com­pli­cated the mat­ter but the re­port con­cluded the risk of re-of­fend­ing could be man­aged through treat­ment.

Pratt was con­victed and sen­tenced to 15 months jail but the sen­tence was im­me­di­ately sus­pended for four years.

The 31-year-old was placed on pro­ba­tion for three years.

“If there had been a real risk to sex­ual con­tact with chil­dren, then you would not be leav­ing this court­room other than in the prison van,” Judge Clare said.

PHOTO: EL­YSE WURM

FREED: Hay­den Rus­sell Pratt walks from court.

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