Stephen John Foster

Posted: October 31, 2012 by Serendipity in Photo, South Australia, Suspended Sentence
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Source: The Advertiser

(Candice Marcus)

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Recluse, 63, jailed over thousands of child-porn images after FBI sting

  • by: Court Reporter Sean Fewster
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • November 01, 2011 10:54AM

AN Adelaide man caught hoarding child pornography by US authorities has been jailed for three years.

The District Court this morning ordered Stephen John Foster serve at least 18 months of that sentence before being eligible for parole.

Foster, 63, of Ethelton, pleaded guilty to aggravated dissemination and possession of child pornography.

His perverted collection of 19,100 images and 1060 videos was uncovered by the New Mexico branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigations during an online sting operation.

Foster unwittingly shared some of his haul with an FBI special agent in October 2010, leading to his arrest by SA Police in January this year.

In sentencing today, Judge Dean Clayton said most of Foster’s images and videos fell into the first two categories of child pornography, deemed to be the “less serious”.

Others, however, were of the highest category  which includes acts of bondage and bestiality.

“This is not a victimless crime,” Judge Clayton said.

“The production, possession and dissemination of child pornography leads to the abuse of many children around the world.”

He said Foster’s illicit hobby developed while he served as the primary carer for his aged parents.

“Your siblings hold you in high regard, saying you sacrificed a lot in selflessly taking on that role,” he said.

“But performing that role isolated you from normal social contact and you became reclusive, developing an interest in pornography five to six years ago.”

Prior to sentencing, Foster’s lawyer read a letter of apology to the court.

“(This is) a time in my life I’m ashamed of, and I’m sorry I didn’t have the sense to do (things) differently,” it said.

“I would like to put this sorry time behind me… and would like a chance to finally get my life back on track.”

Judge Clayton, however, said neither that contrition nor Foster’s previous good character warranted suspension of his sentence.

 

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Child porn pervert Stephen John Foster ‘no risk’ to children

  • by: Court Reporter Hannah Silverman
  • From: The Advertiser
  • October 26, 2011 12:00AM

A MAN who downloaded about 19,000 images and videos of child porn is no risk to kids, a court has heard.

When Stephen John Foster, 63, of Ethelton, appeared in the District Court yesterday for sentencing submissions, his lawyer said his client was not “generally interested” in small children.

Foster had pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of disseminating child pornography and one aggravated count of possessing child pornography. The offences occurred in October 2010 and in January this year.

His arrest followed an international FBI sting on child exploitation, during which an agent based in New Mexico discovered Foster had shared 637 images online.

His home computer was later seized and 18,100 images and 1060 videos were found to have been downloaded.

Yesterday the court heard Foster used a file sharing program which enabled others to download some of his files.

For that reason, prosecutors said, there was no good reason to suspend a prison term.

But David Stokes, for Foster, asked that his client receive a suspended sentence or, at least, a minimal non-parole period.

“This man is not a risk to children, he’s not a risk to the community,” he said. “He’s caught out by the scale (of offending), he’s caught out by the number of images.”

Mr Stokes said his client had looked after both his parents in the years before they died.

“He’s a man who has enormous compassion for his family and others,” he said.

“It’s therefore perhaps a little odd that he would find himself in a position of downloading child pornography.”

Foster will appear before Judge Dean Clayton for sentencing next Tuesday.

 

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FBI caught Adelaide man Stephen John Foster sharing porn images

  • by: Court Reporter Hannah Silverman
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • October 25, 2011 11:08AM

A MAN who downloaded more than 18,000 child pornography images – sharing almost 700 of them with others online – has asked to be spared an immediate jail term.

Stephen John Foster, 63, of Ethelton, has pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of disseminating child pornography and one aggravated count of possess child pornography.

The offences date back to October 2010.

Foster was arrested following an international FBI sting on child exploitation when he was discovered sharing 637 images online by an agent in New Mexico.

His home computer was later seized and 18,100 images and 1060 videos were found illegally downloaded on his computer.

Today the court heard Foster engaged with a file sharing program which enabled others to download his files.

For that reason, prosecutors argued there was no good reason to suspend a prison term.

They said his offending called for both public and personal deterrence.

But David Stokes, for Foster, said his client had good prospects for rehabilitation and showed no “general interest” in small children.

“This man is not a risk to children, he’s not a risk to the community,” he said.

Mr Stokes argued his client had looked after both his parents in the years before they died.

“He’s a man who has enormous combination of compassion for his family and others,” he said.

“It’s therefore perhaps a little odd that he would find himself in a position of downloading child pornography.”

Foster will be sentenced by Judge Dean Clayton next Tuesday.

“Alternatively, they may produce or distribute images that are downloaded by people thousands of kilometres away.”

 

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