Thou­sands of child porn files found

Daily Mercury - - COURT AND CRIME - LUKE MOR­TIMER luke.mor­[email protected]­ly­mer­cury.com.au

AN ANDERGROVE man was caught with more than 15,600 child pornog­ra­phy files on his de­vices dur­ing a po­lice raid at his home.

Clay Alexan­der Perkins’s fa­ther leaned against a wall in­side Mackay Court­house and sobbed heav­ily af­ter his son avoided a jail term on Thurs­day for pos­sess­ing child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial.

Perkins, a 21-year-old re­tail worker, faced the Dis­trict Court in Mackay, plead­ing guilty to pos­sess­ing the ma­te­rial on his mo­bile phone, lap­top and desk­top com­puter on Septem­ber 27 last year.

He also pleaded guilty to breach­ing bail by fail­ing to re­port in on Novem­ber 24, 2017.

Crown prose­cu­tor Patrick Ne­vard de­scribed the amount of ma­te­rial found as “vo­lu­mi­nous”, and added the files in­volved chil­dren “rang­ing in age from very young” through to “pre-pubescent”.

“(Perkins) is still a very young man and prior to to­day he had no pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions. But on the day in ques­tion ... po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at his house and lo­cated child ex­ploita­tion ma­te­rial,” he said.

“There was a to­tal of 15,644 unique files lo­cated.”

Mr Ne­vard said it was sig­nif­i­cant that 678 of the files were cat­e­gorised (on the Oliver scale) as of a “more se­ri­ous” na­ture, in “cat­e­gories 2 to 6”.

The Queens­land Sen­tenc­ing Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil de­scribes those cat­e­gories as re­lat­ing to: sex­ual ac­tiv­ity be­tween chil­dren or mas­tur­ba­tion by a child; non-pen­e­tra­tive sex­ual ac­tiv­ity be­tween adults and chil­dren; pen­e­tra­tive sex­ual ac­tiv­ity be­tween chil­dren and adults; sadism and bes­tial­ity; anime, cartoons and draw­ings.

In de­fence, bar­ris­ter Bron­wyn Har­ti­gan told Judge Julie Dick that Perkins was “prone to smil­ing when he’s scared or ner­vous”, ask­ing her to dis­re­gard any­thing un­to­ward.

Ms Har­ti­gan said most of files found were Cat­e­gory 1, re­lat­ing to erotic pos­ing.

She told the court Perkins had been “tran­si­tion­ing to a woman” and un­der­go­ing hor­mone ther­apy since age 17, and that he was a “vul­ner­a­ble per­son”, with traits of some­one on the autism spec­trum.

Ms Har­ti­gan said Perkins was com­mit­ted to re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing and had been reg­u­larly un­der­go­ing coun­selling.

Judge Julie Dick crit­i­cised Perkins for his ac­tions and said such of­fend­ing fuelled the mar­ket for child pornog­ra­phy.

Con­sid­er­ing a lack of prior record and other fac­tors, Judge Dick sen­tenced Perkins to 18 months’ jail, sus­pended im­me­di­ately for two years.

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