NEWS Photo per­vert avoids jail time

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS - JA­SON WALLS

A FOR­MER In­pex man­ager who se­cretly filmed dozens of young girls at shop­ping cen­tres for his own “sex­ual grat­i­fi­ca­tion” has walked from court on a sus­pended sen­tence.

Ja­son Lee Pipe, 32, pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to 33 counts of mak­ing the in­de­cent record­ings and one count of pos­sess­ing child abuse ma­te­rial.

The court heard Pipe’s peep­ing came un­stuck when his em­ployer at In­pex found the videos on his work lap­top fol­low­ing a mal­ware scare in April 2017.

Po­lice were no­ti­fied and sub­se­quent searches of his elec­tronic de­vices found hun­dreds of covert record­ings, in­clud­ing 33 fo­cus­ing on the groin area of un­sus­pect­ing pre­pubescent girls he had filmed with­out their knowl­edge.

More than 250 child abuse im­ages were also re­cov­ered and foren­sic anal­y­sis re­vealed Pipe had used search terms in­clud­ing “hard­core rape porn” and “tor­ture young girl”.

In sus­pend­ing Pipe’s twoyear and six-month sen­tence im­me­di­ately, Jus­tice Pe­ter Barr said Pipe’s of­fend­ing was “the prod­uct of aber­rant be­hav­iour en­trenched over 20 years or more”.

“You told a psy­chol­o­gist that you started tak­ing pho­to­graphs of pre­pubescent girls when you were just 12 years old, you would visit lo­cal shop­ping cen­tres and sur­rep­ti­tiously pho­to­graph young girls,” he said.

Jus­tice Barr said Pipe first re­alised his be­hav­iour was wrong when aged 13 he was con­fronted by a woman at a su­per­mar­ket and was also cau­tioned by po­lice at age 18 but was un­de­terred.

“Any sub­se­quent at­tempt you made to de­sist from tak­ing pho­to­graphs was ap­par­ently un­suc­cess­ful,” he said.

“Even when you were con­fronted by your for­mer wife about your be­hav­iour you de­nied you had a prob­lem and con­tin­ued to en­gage in the be­hav­iour.”

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