Andy Muirhead

Posted: October 1, 2012 by Serendipity in Photo, Registered Sex Offender, Sentenced, Tasmania

 

 http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2013/02/28/373390_tasmania-news.html

 Muirhead out of prison early

DAVID KILLICK   |   February 28, 2013 12.01am

CONVICTED child pornography offender Andy Muirhead has been released from prison after serving six months of a seven-month sentence.

The Mercury understands that Muirhead was released from the Hobart Reception Prison in late January after routine remissions cut one month from his jail term.

A spokesman for the state’s Prisons Service would not discuss Muirhead’s release, citing a policy not to comment on individual cases.

Muirhead was taken into custody in August last year.

The former ABC radio and television presenter pleaded guilty in the Supreme Court to possessing and accessing child exploitation material after being caught with thousands of child pornography images he downloaded from the internet.

In October, Chief Justice Ewan Crawford sentenced Muirhead to three months in jail for the state possession offence to be followed by four months for the federal accessing offences.

Steve Fisher, from Beyond Abuse, said he was appalled to learn of Muirhead’s early release, saying it did not send the right message to sex offenders.

“What reason could they possible give him to have a month off his sentence?” Mr Fisher said.

Muirhead claimed that working on the popular ABC Collectors program and as a Hobart breakfast radio host contributed to an “unacceptably high” level of stress and looking at child porn had helped him relax.

He was charged after Federal Police agents seized his personal computer on June 8, 2010.

Muirhead had originally pleaded not guilty but, after admitting his guilt, an expression of his remorse was read to the court.

“Words can’t describe how embarrassed and ashamed I am,” he said.

“What I did was shameful, reckless and stupid.”

Muirhead will be subject to a $5000 good behaviour bond for the next three years and is also listed on the state’s sex offender register for the next five years.

 

http://www.watoday.com.au/entertainment/muirhead-jailed-for-10-months-20121001-26v5g.html

Muirhead jailed for 10 months

October 1, 2012 – 2:56PM

Andrew Darby

Hobart correspondent for Fairfax Media

Former ABC personality Andy Muirhead was today sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment for child pornography crimes.

The one-time host of ABC’s Collectors stood expressionless as Tasmanian Chief Justice Ewan Crawford said that, although it was not the worst of cases, the court must condemn what Muirhead did.

The 36-year-old was charged with downloading 12,409 picture files and 24 video files, involving about 1930 children.

Mr Justice Crawford rejected a defence claim that Muirhead watched the pornography out of morbid curiosity, but said he was instead sexually excited by it.

Muirhead, who has been held on remand since July 31, was ordered to serve three months on a state charge of possessing child exploitation material, and then seven months in jail on two Commonwealth charges of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

He will be eligible for release after four months of the Commonwealth sentence, and then to be placed on a three-year good behaviour bond, and on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

 

http://www.themercury.com.au/article/2012/10/01/362929_scalesofjustice.html

Muirhead’s fate at hand

DAVID KILLICK   |   October 01, 2012 12.01am

FORMER ABC radio and television presenter Andy Muirhead will be sentenced today for downloading thousands of child pornography images from the internet.

Muirhead, 36, has pleaded guilty to accessing and possessing child exploitation material.

The Supreme Court in Hobart has heard some of the images the TV personality downloaded fell into the most sadistic category known to the criminal justice system.

Formerly the presenter of the public broadcaster’s popular Collectors program and the Hobart morning radio show, Muirhead has been in custody since pleading guilty in July.

The Supreme Court has previously heard that the dual entertainment roles contributed to an “unacceptably high” level of stress and looking at child porn had horrified Muirhead to such a degree that it helped him relax.

Muirhead was charged after Federal Police agents seized his personal computer on June 8, 2010.

Police found more than 12,000 images and 24 videos of children naked, in erotic poses, engaged in sexual acts and being treated sadistically as well as images of bestiality and bondage.

He was dumped by the ABC and all mention of him was removed from the corporation’s website within hours.

Muirhead’s contracts were allowed to lapse and he had been unemployed and living with his parents since being charged.

Muirhead had originally pleaded not guilty but after admitting his guilt an expression of his remorse was read to the court.

“Words can’t describe how embarrassed and ashamed I am,” he said.

“I’d like the court to know that I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the consequences.

“What I did was shameful, reckless and stupid.

“The things that I saw on my computer were vile and disgusting.”

Justice Ewan Crawford is expected to sentence Muirhead this afternoon.

killickd@news.net.au

 

http://www.news.com.au/national/former-abc-collectors-host-muirhead-pleads-guilty-to-child-porn-and-remanded-in-custody/story-fndo4eg9-1226439355701

Former ABC Collectors host Muirhead pleads guilty to child porn and remanded in custody

  • AAP
  • July 31, 2012 12:05PM

FORMER ABC presenter Andy Muirhead is behind bars after pleading guilty to three charges relating to child pornography.

Muirhead has been remanded in custody until his next appearance in the Tasmanian Supreme Court on August 14.

Chief Justice Ewan Crawford said he needed to consider a psychologist’s report after prosecutor Maitland Lincoln took issue with it. The report, tendered by Muirhead’s defence, concludes the 36-year-old has no sexual interest in children despite him downloading more than 12,000 child pornography images, some described as “sadistic”, from February 2009 until June 2010.

Chief Justice Crawford said the evidence in the report may need to be proven in court.

Muirhead has been on bail since he was charged in June 2010.

Earlier, the court heard an apology from him in a letter read by his lawyer Kim Baumeler.

“I wish to express how sorry I am as I stand here before the court, guilty of the charges of accessing and possessing child exploitation material,” Ms Baumeler, reading Muirhead’s letter, said.

“Words can’t describe how embarrassed and ashamed I am.

“I’d like the court to know that I take full responsibility for my actions and accept the consequences.

“What I did was shameful, reckless and stupid.

“I have spent the last two years going over it in my mind, night and day, and I doubt I will ever stop feeling ashamed.”

The former Collectors host said he had let down “people who invited me into their homes each Friday night”.

Ms Baumeler told the court the pressure of hosting the television show and the 4am starts associated with the breakfast radio show he also presented had left Muirhead isolated socially.

She said Muirhead had also suffered a relationship breakup at the time of his offending.

Muirhead has been largely unemployed since taking unpaid leave from the ABC, and his contract was not renewed after his arrest in 2010, Ms Baumeler said.

Ms Baumeler asked Chief Justice Ewan Crawford for a suspended sentence as Muirhead had the support of friends, family and a partner he had met since the charges were laid to help with his rehabilitation.

The court has been told that Muirhead used peer-to-peer software to access more than 12,000 picture files and 24 videos.

Prosecutor Maitland Lincoln said Muirhead had changed software after reading articles about a child pornography ring busted by police in May 2010.

The ages of children depicted ranged from three to 14 and at least 60 were in the worst category, showing the explicit or sadistic treatment of children.

Muirhead looked down as graphic examples of the images and videos were played to the court.

He had previously pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Family and friends left without commenting.

 

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/abc-tvs-collectors-host-andy-muirhead-in-court-over-child-porn-charge/story-e6freuyi-1225899937290

ABC TV’s Collectors host Andy Muirhead in court over child porn charge

  • From: AAP
  • August 02, 2010 11:02AM

ABC presenter Andy Muirhead has faced a Hobart court on a charge of accessing child pornography.

Muirhead, 34, was charged by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) in June with one count of using a carriage service to access child pornography.

He immediately took unpaid leave from the popular ABC1 television show Collectors and from his hosting role on ABC Hobart.

Muirhead briefly appeared in Hobart Magistrates Court today, where his lawyer Marita Altman did not enter a plea.

Commonwealth prosecutor Ian Arendt asked for an adjournment in order to give the AFP’s forensic services time to access images on Muirhead’s computer hard drive.

Magistrate Sam Mollard adjourned the hearing until August 30 in the same court, when it is expected Muirhead will enter a plea.

 

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