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