‘Vile’: Man’s 97,000 child porn images

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

DAVID John Frazer, of Strathdickie, had so many child ex­ploita­tion images on hard drive and USB sticks that a Crown pros­e­cu­tor strug­gled to find a sim­i­lar case for prece­dent.

Police of­fi­cers also were un­able to cat­e­gorise the files by sever­ity, as usual, due to the sheer num­ber of them, Crown pros­e­cu­tor David Nar­done said.

Frazer, 76, a re­tired chemist, faced Judge Farr in the Dis­trict Court in Mackay on Wednesday, March 8.

He pleaded guilty to pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial 91,835 images, 5760 videos and 27 doc­u­ments - and us­ing a car­riage ser­vice (the in­ter­net) to ac­cess child pornog­ra­phy be­tween April 14, 2015 and March 10, 2016 at Strathdickie.

Mr Nar­done told the court Frazer, who had no rel­e­vant crim­i­nal his­tory, down­loaded the files via search terms us­ing a peer-to-peer com­puter pro­gram, which al­lowed other users to down­load ma­te­rial off Frazer’s de­vice.

On March 9, 2016, police searched Frazer’s home fol­low­ing dig­i­tal sur­veil­lance, find­ing the images and videos of chil­dren from in­fants to the age of about 15.

Mr Nar­done told the court the “vast quan­tity” of images and videos ranged from chil­dren en­gag­ing in sex acts with adults or other mi­nors, to chil­dren pos­ing sug­ges­tively.

The pros­e­cu­tor said “given the vast quan­tity of child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial found in Mr Frazer’s pos­ses­sion” the only prece­dent he could put forward re­lated to a man caught with 49,817 files.

De­fence bar­ris­ter Stephen Byrne ten­dered let­ters of sup­port to the court from Frazer’s wife, who was in the public gallery, his adult son and daugh­ter and a friend.

He also said Frazer down­loaded the file shar­ing pro­gram with the in­ten­tion of down­load­ing mu­sic, but “cu­rios­ity and his stu­pid­ity got the best of him” over the 11-month pe­riod linked to the charges.

Mr Byrne said there was a low risk Frazer would re-of­fend be­cause he had promised his wife, with whom he had a “close and long re­la­tion­ship” of three decades, that he would change his ways.

Judge Brad Farr said he couldn’t think of worse im­agery or video than some of those in­volved in Frazer’s case. He said he took into ac­count the quan­tity of the images, as well as cat­e­gori­sa­tion.

Judge Farr de­scribed child pornog­ra­phy as any­thing but a vic­tim­less crime and said it in­volved the com­mer­cial “degra­da­tion, hu­mil­i­a­tion and suf­fer­ing” of young in­di­vid­u­als.

By down­load­ing child pornog­ra­phy, Frazer sup­ported a “vile in­dus­try” and his sen­tence needed to take into ac­count per­sonal and gen­eral de­ter­rence.

Frazer was sen­tenced to four years jail for pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion images, to be sus­pended af­ter 16 months.

He was also sen­tenced to four years jail for us­ing a car­riage ser­vice to ac­cess child pornog­ra­phy, with a non-pa­role pe­riod of 16 months.

This means he could be out of pri­son by July 8, 2018.

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