Dennis John Dawson

Posted: October 26, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Queensland, Suspended Sentence
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Scouts volunteer had 700 child porn images on computer

  • by: Tristan Swanwick
  • From: The Courier-Mail
  • September 25, 2008 12:00AM

A VOLUNTEER in the Scouts movement who also coaches junior soccer has appeared in the Brisbane District Court on child pornography charges.

Police found nearly 700 child porn images on a computer belonging to Dennis John Dawson, 60, who pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child exploitation material.

The court was told Dawson’s computer had no password to restrict access, despite being networked with three other computers in his family’s Belbworie home.

A Crown prosecutor told the court the award-winning architect had been involved in the Scouts movement and also taught junior soccer and held a blue card allowing him to work with children.

He said the offending images, which police discovered after a tip-off from the man’s internet service provider, included boys aged eight to 15 posing naked and engaged in sexual acts with each other and adult men.

Dawson admitted his sexual interest in young boys when interviewed by police, the court was told.

Judge Leanne Clare told Dawson: “Your case should be taken as a clear warning to others that the internet is not anonymous and (child pornography) is not a victimless crime.”

“People engaged in this will eventually be caught and publicly exposed, bringing shame on themselves and their innocent family,” she said.

She sentenced him to six months in jail, to be wholly suspended.


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