Mervyn Geoffrey Cotton

Posted: October 22, 2012 by Serendipity in South Australia
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Adelaide man jailed for child porn

  • From: AAP
  • March 21, 2011 6:21PM

AN Adelaide man who downloaded more than 16,000 images of child pornography has been sentenced to five months in prison.

Mervyn Geoffrey Cotton, 51, had pleaded guilty to two charges of aggravated possession of child pornography and use of a carriage service to access child pornography.

Judge Barry Beazley in the South Australian District Court today also fined Cotton $1000 and imposed an 18-month good behaviour bond.

“I accept you are remorseful for your offending but you must not underestimate the gravity of your criminal conduct,” he said.

“But for your pleas of guilty and contrition I would have sentenced you to 18 months.”

In sentencing, Judge Beazley said he fixed a low non-parole period acknowledging Cotton’s prospects of rehabilitation and treatment in the community.

“I accept that you downloaded adult pornography at the same time and therefore you do not have a particular interest, solely, as it were in child pornography,” Judge Beazley said.

“Matters submitted … warrant a very low non-parole period to enable you to be rehabilitated in the community and to respond to the appropriate forms of counselling and treatment.”

Judge Beazley said an aggravating feature of Cotton’s offence was that the images contained images of children under 14 years of age and were saved and arranged in a folder structure.

“You deny having any pedophilic tendencies, you told (the psychiatrist) it was downloading which was your obsession, rather than child pornography … driven by your obsessive behaviour and not primarily by deviant sexual arousal.

“I accept the thrust of that submission, however it does not explain satisfactorily why it was that you retained that material, then as I say, catalogued it.”

Judge Beazley said Cotton’s offending was “incomprehensible” given his long-term relationship with his partner of 29 years and position of trust with his employer of 31 years.

Cotton was charged after Australian Federal Police raided his home last May to find the images and videos on three computer devices.

A total of 16,452 images and 815 videos were found to be downloaded by Cotton over eight months to February last year.


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