Cairns man jailed over child porn

By Lauren Day

Posted May 22, 2012 12:20:03

A 60-year-old man has been sentenced in the Cairns District Court in far north Queensland to 18 months in jail for child pornography offences.

Owen Halfpapp pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to access child exploitation material and one count of possessing child pornography.

He was found to have accessed 71 files between May 2005 and October 2010, including 53 images and 18 videos.

A psychiatric report described Halfpapp as having an adjustment disorder as well as chronic depression.

In sentencing Judge Brian Harrison took the mental illness into consideration.

But he added as long as people access exploitative material there is a market for it and children will continue to be abused.

Halfpapp will be eligible for release after four months.

Far Northern man faces 15 years’ jail after pleading guilty to child porn charges

Melanie Petrinec

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A GORDONVALE man is facing up to 15 years’ jail after pleading guilty to downloading child pornography for the second time in six years.

Owen John Halfpapp, 59, was fined $7500 in Cairns Magistrates’ Court in June 2005 for downloading and storing more than 100 child porn images, some involving children as young as six months, on his home computer between 1999 and 2001.

But despite the former school electrician professing his “deep embarrassment and shame” through his lawyer at that time, an investigation later found he was still accessing child pornography around the date of his court appearance.

Yesterday, Halfpapp pleaded guilty to five charges, including possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access the images.

It is alleged he started downloading the material on May 26, 2005 – two weeks shy of his court appearance on the previous charges.

He continued to download images and videos from that date until November 30, 2008, and again between September 25, 2010 and October 3, 2010.

Halfpapp came to the attention of the Australian Federal Police after a tip off from Interpol.

His arrest on October 7 last year was a result of a raid on his Gordonvale home, which uncovered “a quantity of child abuse images and videos” on his laptop, a desktop computer and a USB.

He was yesterday committed to be sentenced in Cairns District Court at a date to be set.

Halfpapp will be dealt with under a harsher sentencing regime this time, after child pornography laws were reviewed in 2005 and most maximum penalties were doubled.

The maximum penalty for using a carriage service to access child pornography is now 15 years’ jail, and possessing images or videos carries a penalty of up to five years’ jail.


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