Aaron Patrick Baker

Posted: October 15, 2012 by Serendipity in Western Australia



Perth man jailed for child porn

September 10, 2010 – 4:09PM


A 31-year-old Perth man who lost his job as a schoolteacher after police found child pornography on his computer, has been sent to jail.

Aaron Patrick Baker was sentenced in the District Court in Perth on Friday after pleading guilty to one count of using the internet to access child pornography between February 2009 and March 2010.

Police raided the home of Baker, who is married with three children, after receiving information from Interpol.

He pleaded guilty after 2176 images and 102 videos of child pornography were found stored on his computer and disks.

The court heard that the images were of naked or partly clothed children as young as six in sexual poses and in some cases of young girls being sexually penetrated by adult males.

Judge Anthony Derrick described the images as “quite simply dreadful” and at the high end of the scale in terms of offensiveness.

He said Baker’s offence was not a victimless crime as it involved the “exploitation and potential corruption of children, some of whom were very young”.

“You were part of the market for that material … In this way, the children were victims of your offence,” the judge said.

“You took advantage of their exploitation for your own gratification.”

Judge Derrick accepted evidence from Baker’s treating psychologist that he was ashamed of his actions, was remorseful and now realised the children were exploited victims.

He accepted Baker had already paid a significant penalty after losing his high school teaching job following his conviction and was now a night-time shelf stacker at a supermarket.

The judge noted that Baker had been a hard-working and loving husband and father whose offending had shocked his family and friends.

But, Judge Derrick said, because of the amount of child pornography involved and the need for a deterrent sentence to discourage such offences in the community, he must impose a custodial sentence.

He handed down a jail sentence of 15 months with Baker to be released after nine months on a $2000 recognisance for 12 months.

Baker is required to undergo psychological counselling and a sex offender treatment program.


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