Bryan William Cooper

Posted: October 22, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Victoria
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Cooper pleaded not guilty in Geelong Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday to four charges of failing to comply with the Victorian Sex Offenders Register.

Magistrate Lesser found the charges proved and sentenced Cooper to two months jail to be followed by a six month Community Corrections Order.

He was later released on bail after lodging an appeal against sentence.

‘Sheer filth’: judge sprays online groomer

February 28, 2011 – 3:09PM

A judge has described as ‘‘sheer filth’’ the crimes of a Victorian man who assumed the online alias of a 14-year-old to groom children for sex.

Bryan Cooper, 25, of Maryborough, pretended to be a teenage boy in the MSN Messenger chat room to discuss sex acts with children.

Among the lewd acts Cooper outlined was a discussion about a suspension from school for having sex with an 11-year-old.

He also used the alias to convince two boys to masturbate in front of their web cameras.

Australian Federal Police officers traced child pornographic images Cooper sent to children and adults via the chat room between December 2006 and July 2010.

Police found 60 child porn images and 31 videos in a raid on his central Victorian home in November 2009.

Cooper pleaded guilty in the Victorian County Court to nine child sex charges including knowingly possessing child pornography and using a carriage service to groom a person under 16.

Judge Lance Pilgrim on Monday sentenced Cooper to seven years’ jail, identifying a ‘‘sophisticated degree of planning’’ in his crimes.

‘‘These offences … are disgusting in nature and context and are to be denounced in the strongest terms,’’ the judge said.

Judge Pilgrim also noted psychologist reports which questioned Cooper’s level of remorse for his crimes.

‘‘Your future rehabilitation depends on coming to grips with the serious nature of your offending,’’ the judge said.

Judge Pilgrim acknowledged Cooper’s guilty plea but said the fact he had re-offended while on bail was an aggravating factor.

Just months after his first appearance on the charges in Bendigo Magistrates Court, Cooper ignored the bail condition to stay off the internet and reactivated his alias account.

Cooper’s barrister Kyle McDonald said his client displayed some symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome.

Mr McDonald said the number of images and videos stored on Cooper’s computer was ‘‘not toward the upper end of the scale’’ in context to other offenders.

Cooper will serve a minimum of five years.

Guilty plea entered on child porn


24 Nov, 2010 04:00 AM

A MARYBOROUGH man who had accused police of planting evidence of child pornography at his home has pleaded guilty to seven charges including using the internet to groom a child for sex.

Bryan Cooper, 25, pleaded guilty to the charges in the Bendigo County Court yesterday.

No evidence was heard before Judge Lance Pilgrim and no application for bail was made.

Cooper will be held in custody until a plea hearing in the same court on December 17.

During a committal hearing in the Bendigo Magistrates Court earlier this year, Cooper accused members of the Australian Federal Police of planting evidence of child pornography at his home when they raided it in November last year.

The court also heard accusations that Cooper had used an internet chat service to groom young girls for sexual activity and used the web to download and transmit child pornography.

An A4 image of a naked child was also found in a desk drawer at his home.

Cooper was charged with those offences in November and was released on bail, with strict conditions prohibiting him from accessing the internet.

The court heard that 10 months later he was again arrested after continuing to log onto the internet, grooming girls for sex.

He has been held in custody since that arrest in August.

In the County Court yesterday Cooper pleaded guilty to seven charges, including using a carriage service to access and transmit child pornography, using a carriage service to procure a child under the age of 16 and knowingly possessing child pornography.


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