Paul Andrew Goonan

Posted: August 5, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, NSW
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Waratah man set up child porn websites


Sept. 6, 2012, 10:29 p.m.

A LONER who spent his nights drinking alcohol and playing internet computer games was in a jail cell last night for the first time after struggling to explain why he set up websites that helped others access child pornography.

Paul Andrew Goonan, 38, of Tighe Street, Waratah, said he was an idiot and that “I’m still trying to understand . . .” why he got involved in online groups that exchanged child abuse material, Newcastle District Court heard yesterday.

Goonan previously pleaded guilty to three charges, the most serious of which was an offence of transmitting child abuse material on the internet.

He was initially detected online by US authorities who alerted the Australian Federal Police to Goonan’s activities.

Goonan admitted to police he set up about 15 websites and posted links on those websites to child pornography and that others also posted similar links.

Police also found thousands of images and videos of child pornography on his computer.

Defence barrister John Booth said Goonan had lived an “extraordinary life” of alcohol and internet video games with no real relationships with anybody.

Goonan was estranged from his family, although his father attended yesterday’s sentencing hearing, Mr Booth said.

Judge Peter Maiden described Goonan as “an absolute loner” and “sad”.

He noted that a psychologist’s report stated that Goonan was a moderate to moderate-high risk of reoffending while Mr Booth said Goonan was a “look but don’t touch” offender who had not come in contact with any abused children.

Goonan’s most recent offences were for carrying a knife in 1996 and a minor fraud charge in 1995.

He was refused bail yesterday to begin serving his sentence. Judge Maiden will hand down his sentence today.


Guilty plea over child porn

Newcastle Herald  –   5 July 2012

Dan Proudman

A WARATAH man who had more than 4000 images and videos of child pornography found on his laptop computer has admitted setting up at least 15 websites to allow others to download child abuse images.

Paul Andrew Goonan, 38, of Tighe Street, pleaded guilty in Newcastle Local Court yesterday to one charge of possessing child abuse material and two counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

He was committed for sentence in Newcastle District Court.

Facts tendered as part of the brief of evidence said federal police discovered more than 4000 images on Goonan’s rented laptop computer after receiving a tip-off from US investigators.

Many of the images included those which investigators ranked in the worst category.

The facts said Goonan had admitted that he had been accessing websites and forums to find links to the images and videos for more than 12 months.

He also admitted being the “biggest contributor” to a forum where links to images and videos were posted.

Goonan had also set up “maybe 15 or more” websites containing child abuse images that could be uploaded.


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