Robert Andrew Dunwoodie

Posted: October 28, 2012 by Serendipity in NSW, Photo
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Teacher pleads guilty to child porn charges

Updated Fri Dec 12, 2008 12:01pm AEDT

A Wollongong high school teacher charged with accessing and possessing 612 images of child pornography has pleaded guilty.

He unsuccessfully applied to have the matter dealt with under mental health provisions.

Robert Andrew Dunwoodie’s lawyer told the court, the 43-year-old man from Lake Heights, on the New South Wales south coast, suffered from depression.

She said he had an addiction to pornography, gambling and alcohol but had made good progress with the help of counselling and a psychiatrist.

The Commonwealth prosecutor argued that if Dunwoodie had achieved such good results he must surely be capable of facing the judicial system.

The magistrate said he was not satisfied Dunwoodie’s depression could be seen as severe mental illness, and addiction to pornography is not a category for psychiatric diagnosis.

Dunwoodie will be sentenced on February 26.


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