Andrew Rodney Gemmell

Posted: November 3, 2012 by Serendipity in Location, Photo, Registered Sex Offender, Victoria
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Tutor confesses to child porn

Reko Rennie
October 25, 2007 – 5:54PM

A former casual tutor of the University of Melbourne has been convicted in Broadmeadows Magistrates’ Court of possessing more than 7000 images of child pornography.

Andrew Rodney Gemmell, 58, of Moonee Ponds pleaded guilty to charges of possessing child pornography and transmission of child pornography.

The court heard detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad raided Gemmell’s home in February 2006 and found a laptop computer downloading a child pornography file.

In a prosecution summary tendered to the court by Acting Sergeant Kerrie Bullman, police found the 7750 child pornography images, some of the which depicted boys under 14 performing sex acts.

Police also found Gemmell had saved more than 100 child pornography movie files and and had shared about 1800 pornographic images with other Internet users.

Clinical psychologist Bernard Healy said in evidence he conducted a series of tests on Gemmell which showed he had a “quite superior intelligence’ but suffered from social anxiety.

Mr Healy told defence barrister Nick Papas that Gemmell did not “qualify as a pedophile” as in seeking out children.

“I don’t see him as being a risk of further offending,” he Mr Healy said.

In his sentencing, Mr Kumar told Gemmell: “I say to you now, they are somebody’s children (from) a third-world country and they’ve been exploited, exploited badly.”

He sentenced Gemmell on both charges to nine months jail to be served in the community on an intensive correction order.

Gemmell has also been placed on the sex offenders registry for a period of eight years.

The University of Melbourne’s media spokeswoman told The Age that Gemmell had been a casual tutor at the university who resigned earlier this year.


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