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No jail for father over child porn abuse pics

Article from: Cairns Post

October 09, 2009 01:00am

A MAN nabbed in a global child porn sting has been spared jail but ordered to get help after being found with nearly 400 internet images of children being abused.

Jeffrey Wayne Fowler, 57, was sentenced to nine months jail but released on 18 months probation in Cairns District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to possessing child exploitation material and using the internet to access child porn.

As part of his probation, he must undertake a sex offenders treatment program, The Cairns Post reports.

Fowler, a self-employed Cairns building inspector who was described in court as “a good family man, husband and father”, was tracked through his use of an illegal porn website in Croatia called Teeny Americans.

The link to the website was distributed among online pedophile networks around the world and sparked an international investigation after it received 12 million hits from 170 countries, including about 3000 from Australia, in three days.

On a tip-off from Interpol, Australian Federal Police raided Fowler’s Redlynch home and workplace on May 16 last year, seizing computer hard-drives which contained 383 deleted images and one deleted video of child porn.

 

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Child porn offender spared jail

Margo Zlotkowski

Friday, October 9, 2009

© The Cairns Post

A MAN nabbed in a global child porn sting was spared jail yesterday but ordered to get help after being found with nearly 400 internet images of children being abused.

Jeffrey Wayne Fowler, 57, was sentenced to nine months jail but released on 18 months probation in Cairns District Court yesterday after pleading guilty to possessing child exploitation material and using the internet to access child porn.

As part of his probation, he must undertake a sex offenders treatment program.

Fowler, a self-employed Cairns building inspector who was described in court as “a good family man, husband and father”, was tracked through his use of an illegal porn website in Croatia called Teeny Americans.

The link to the website was distributed among online paedophile networks around the world and sparked an international investigation after it received 12 million hits from 170 countries, including about 3000 from Australia, in three days.

On a tip-off from Interpol, Australian Federal Police raided Fowler’s Redlynch home and workplace on May 16 last year, seizing computer hard-drives which contained 383 deleted images and one deleted video of child porn.

Child porn ring busted

Among the images was a naked six month-old baby, a naked three-year-girl, a naked 11-year-old girl being penetrated by a man, cartoons showing children being smacked on the bottom and a video of a naked teenage girl in a bath.

There was also an image of someone stubbing out a cigarette on a girl’s tongue.

Commonwealth prosecutor Aaron Guilfoyle said Fowler told police he looked at the child porn sites and saved images but deleted everything because he did not want his wife to find out.

He said he used search terms such as “girls”, “preteen”, “teen sex” and “Lolita” to find the images.

Judge Sarah Bradley said she accepted Fowler did not pay for the images or distribute them, and also that 13 of the 15 most explicit and abusive images were actually cartoons.

“With cartoons there are no live victims but all the other images, of which there is over 350, did involve live, real children,” she said.

“Somewhere in the world, children, some in your case as young as a six-month-old baby, are being put into sexual poses, in sexual situations, in some cases actually penetrated and photographed.

“Clearly that sort of industry is abhorrent.”

 

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