Huge porn trade lands soldier in trouble
SOLDIERS trading “large quantities” of pornography have landed one of their own in trouble, a court has been told.
One special forces soldier was charged after receiving a lode of content that included images of underage cartoon characters in sex acts.
Brisbane District Court was told the content featured “Bart Simpson” and other characters. One featured bestiality.
Townsville- based soldier and Afghanistan veteran Michael John McKewin was suspended with pay from the army, but a judge entered no conviction against him and said he should probably be back in the armed forces.
“It’s a pretty unusual case,” Judge Paul Smith said. “These soldiers exchanged pornography, large quantities of it, and this happened to be in that.”
The court heard thousands of legal images were circulated.
Four offending images and 14 offending movies were found after a police forensic analysis of a computer hard drive in about March 2014.
McKewin “was shocked by the identification” of one video as involving underage children in sexual acts, his barrister D. R. MacKenzie said.
“He didn’t realise they were as bad as they were,” he said. The soldier was found to have “no abnormal interest” in child exploitation content.
McKewin was a special forces armourer and did not want to leave the army, despite his suspension and the fact he lost a chance at promotion.
Judge Smith entered no conviction but ordered McKewin to serve 15 months probation.