Bradley Thomas Furse

Posted: November 1, 2012 by Serendipity in Queensland, Suspended Sentence

‘Morbid curiosity’ with child porn led man to download 4000 images; no jail time

  • By Nathan Paull
  • From: Townsville Bulletin
  • June 03, 2011 10:35AM

A MAN who was busted by an online police operation with more than 4000 child pornography images on his computer escaped time in prison yesterday.

Bradley Thomas Furse, 23, yesterday pleaded guilty in Townsville District Court to 31 counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography and one count of possessing child exploitation material.

The court heard police found 4018 images and videos of child pornography on Furse’s computer after a tip-off from Taskforce Argos, a police squad targeting child pornography offenders and online child groomers, The Townsville Bulletin said.

However, when the court heard 1776 images were anime or cartoon depictions of child pornography, Judge John McGill SC stood the matter down for several hours so it could be determined whether the cartoons were illegal.

After the adjournment and legal debate, Judge McGill determined the cartoons were applicable for the first 31 charges, which were Commonwealth offences, but not for the state offence of possessing child exploitation material.

Furse’s defence barrister Vivianna Keegan argued that because almost half the images where cartoons or anime, her client should not go to prison.

However, Crown prosecutor Clare Kelsey submitted Furse should be required to serve actual time given some of the material showed children as young as five being sexually exploited.

Some of the material was deemed so vulgar it was not read out in court and one of the videos seized was classed in the most serious category.

Ms Keegan told the court Furse was an introvert who spent most of his time on his computer, and only downloaded the child pornography out of “morbid curiosity”.

Judge McGill said given Furse was young, had no criminal history and his offending was not “the most serious” example of the charges he has seen, Furse did not have to serve imprisonment.

He sentenced Furse to 12 months’ jail, to be suspended for two years.

He was also required to enter into a good behaviour bond for two years.

Furse will have to report for the next eight years under child protection legislation.

The computer which contained the child pornography was forfeited to the Crown.


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