Child porn elec­tri­cian lands in jail

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

A GOLD Coast elec­tri­cian asked for ex­plicit videos from a 12-year-old boy and re­ceived more than 120 links to child abuse images, a South­port Court has heard.

Ben­jamin Brian Chap­lin, 30, also told a teenager he wanted to have a sex­ual en­counter with a seven-year-old boy but was “ter­ri­fied” of be­ing caught.

Chap­lin pleaded guilty yes­ter­day in the South­port District Court to 11 charges re­lat­ing to child pornog­ra­phy.

Chap­lin used the Kik mes­sen­ger app to re­ceive and share videos and pic­tures of child sex­ual abuse be­tween three peo­ple – a 12-year-old boy, a 17-year-old boy and an­other male whose age is not known.

He asked the oth­ers to pro­vide him with “hard-core lit­tle boy rape videos”.

The al­most 40 re­quests were made be­tween Novem­ber 2016 and March 2017.

Judge David Kent sen­tenced Chap­lin to three years jail with a pa­role re­lease in nine months.

On his re­lease, Chap­lin will be placed on three years pro­ba­tion with the con­di­tion he un­dergo med­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal treat­ment.

“The re­quests (for images) were per­sis­tent and of­ten in a five-month pe­riod and up to the search war­rant be­ing ex­e­cuted,” Judge Kent said.

The court was told a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of the more than 1000 images and videos found on Chap­lin’s phone were in the two worst cat­e­gories.

De­fence lawyer Michael McMil­lan said Chap­lin was vi­o­lently abused sex­u­ally when he was 11.

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