Geoffrey Vivian Cooper

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NOTE: Brother of Ross Andrew Cooper

Child porn ‘collector’ faces court

Posted Fri Jun 17, 2011 7:06pm AEST

The brother of a Hobart man jailed for possessing more than 2,000,000 images of child pornography has appeared in court on similar charges.

Geoffrey Vivian Cooper of North Hobart has pleaded guilty in the Magistrates Court to two counts of possessing child pornography.

The court heard the 54-year-old had more than 270 sexually explicit images of children stored on an external hard-dive.

It contained adult pornography and cartoon images of children engaged in sexual acts.

Cooper admitted he had collected the images over about six months because they were cartoons and had “novelty value.”

The court heard there were no images of actual children on the drive.

Police found the images when they were investigating Cooper’s 47 year old brother Ross Andrew Cooper, who is serving an 18 month jail sentence.

Geoffrey Cooper is due in court again next month.

Brothers in child porn

CHARLES WATERHOUSE   |   June 17, 2011 04.40pm

THE brother of a man who last month was jailed for two years for possessing more than two million child pornography images has appeared in court on child exploitation material charges.

Geoffrey Vivian Cooper, 54, of Lochner St, West Hobart pleaded guilty to two charges of possessing, accessing or attempting to access child exploitation material.

On May 17 his brother Ross Andrew Cooper, 47, also of West Hobart, received a two year jail sentence after pleading guilty to possessing 2.1 million child pornography images.

Hobart Magistrates Court heard today police searched a house the brothers were living in McTavish Ave, Mt Stuart in July last year and seized various computer-related equipment.

In relation to the charges against Geoffrey Cooper a significant amount of animated images containing child exploitation material was found.

He admitted to police accessing child exploitation materials since 1996.

Magistrate Chris Webster questioned whether the child images found were of real people and was told they were animated cartoons, not real children.

The court heard police went to the property to search for materials of Ross Cooper.

A computer hard drive belonging to Geoffrey Cooper was taken away by police.

The court heard Ross Cooper had appeared in the Supreme Court for having 2.1 million images of actual people.

Craig Rainbird (for Geoffrey Cooper) said Cooper accessed this material by Googling the word pornography.

“He regarded it as novelty value, they were cartoon images,” Mr Rainbird said.

The court heard Geoffrey Cooper also had material of adults having sex and had not been charged over those.

Cooper admitted it was stupid to download the animated child images and was frank with police and Mr Rainbird said some of the information he gave police was beneficial in the prosecution of his brother.

Cooper was bailed to reappear and the case was adjourned until 2.15pm on July 28 to obtain a pre-sentence report.


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