Peter James Ambrose

Posted: October 9, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland, Suspended Sentence

Child-porn man walks free

Simon Crase | 26th March 2010

THE long arm of the law stretching from Europe to Gladstone has ended in the conviction of a man for viewing child pornography.

In Gladstone District Court yesterday, Peter James Ambrose, 42, pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage to access child pornography material.

Commonwealth DPP Crown Prosecutor Kila Pedder told the court the defendant had been arrested after information from Interpol was passed to the Queensland Police Service.

The information revealed Ambrose had accessed explicit material over three days in August 2007, and over a period of 10 months between August 2007 and June 2008.

More than 100 thumbnail images had been viewed.

Ambrose was interviewed on September 11, 2008 and admitted to viewing the images. The court heard the defendant had not saved the images, and was of the false belief they did not remain on his computer. Investigators found the footprints of the images on the computer’s hard drive.

Barrister David Murray, instructed by Kenny and Partners, tendered a psychologist’s report which stated the defendant had no tendency towards pedophilia.

The court was not told the ages of the children in the images, the vast majority showing children scantily clad or naked. The offence carried a maximum penalty of 10 years or a $66,000 fine.

Judge Irwin said he was concerned the defendant had tried to “water down” responsibility for his actions.

The judge said the defendant had “deliberately typed in child porn” to the search engine.

Ambrose received a 15-month sentence with immediate release, a four-year good behaviour bond and two years probation.

More than 100 thumbnail images had been viewed.


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