Marcus Paul Cherry

Posted: October 21, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Tasmania

Man jailed for child porn

CRAIG HOGGETT   |   September 09, 2011 12.01am

A BLACKMANS Bay man has been jailed for 11 months after pleading guilty to three child pornography charges.

The Supreme Court in Hobart heard yesterday that Marcus Paul Cherry, 34, had 17,897 different still images and 67 videos depicting child pornography when police raided his home in June last year.

In sentencing, Chief Justice Ewan Crawford told the court Cherry was a pedophile with recurrent fantasies and sexual urges toward pre-pubescent girls.

“Like many others charged with such crimes, he has lived a relatively lonely life and spent much of his recent years in his room with a computer,” Justice Crawford said. “There is no suggestion that he has ever acted on his attraction to girls.”

The court also heard that Cherry had been prescribed anti-depressent medication which had been successful in lowering his sex-drive but he had stopped taking the medication.

After being caught, Cherry had volunteered to have psychological treatment, which had slightly reduced the risk of him committing sexual offences.

Cherry was sentenced to 11 months for possession and eight months for using a carriage service for child pornography material, both sentences are to be served concurrently.


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