Man sent to prison for sharing images of child pornog­ra­phy

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

A CAN­NON­VALE man who trawled the in­ter­net has been jailed for two years and six months af­ter be­ing ar­rested with 24,700 images of child pornog­ra­phy stored on his home com­puter.

The District Court in Mackay heard Glenn Bernard Gustke had been “drown­ing” in images sourced on­line and the con­se­quences led to a “cat­a­strophic fall­out” in his life, de­stroy­ing his mar­riage.

Gustke, 53, pleaded guilty to dis- trib­ut­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial at Can­non­vale between May 2013 and Jan­uary 27 this year and to pos­ses­sion of child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial. Kylie Heath, for the Direc­tor of Public Pros­e­cu­tions, said spe­cial­ist po­lice, in­ves­ti­gat­ing a file sharing tool used to share on­line child pornog­ra­phy, iden­ti­fied Gustke’s com­puter af­ter po­lice soft­ware “in­ter­ro­gated” his files.

His seized com­puter re­vealed 24,700 images and 18 movies classi- fied as be­ing in the lower cat­e­gory one. A much smaller amount of ma­te­rial was found in the two worst cat­e­gories.

Ms Heath said the case was fur­ther ag­gra­vated be­cause Gustke was de­lib­er­ately sharing some of the child pornog­ra­phy.

De­fence coun­sel Bronwyn Har­ti­gan said Gustke spent most of his time as a “house hus­band” but be­came bored and be­gan col­lect­ing a mas­sive amount of pornog­ra­phy, de- scrib­ing it as ad­dic­tive.

“He was drown­ing in what he could get on the in­ter­net ... the fall­out of th­ese of­fences has been cat­a­strophic for him,” she said.

Judge Stu­art Dur­ward SC said, “th­ese of­fences are not vic­tim­less crimes. The com­mu­nity de­nounces this con­duct”.

Gustke will be el­i­gi­ble for re­lease af­ter serv­ing eight months with the re­main­der of his sen­tence sus­pended for three years.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.