http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/07/24/16450_news.html

Colac porn dad jailed

Karen Matthews

July 24th, 2008

A COLAC father who downloaded graphic images of child pornography from an American website was yesterday sent to jail.

A COLAC father who downloaded graphic images of child pornography from an American website was yesterday sent to jail.

Russell Haynes, 42, of Hancock St, pleaded guilty in Colac Magistrates’ Court on July 14, to knowingly possessing child pornography.

During the hearing, the court was told Australian police were alerted to Haynes by US authorities investigating a child porn site.

Haynes used the names Sarah Supergirl and Sarah King to make the purchases from the US operation, known as Monkeyman.

Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said police raided Haynes’ home on December 6 last year after being tipped off by US authorities.

“They found three short movies depicting children in sex acts with adults,” he said.

“Haynes admitted contacting Monkeyman to get pornographic images, but said he did not request images of children.”

The prosecutor said the children were aged about 12 or 13.

Peter Flynn, for Haynes, said his client was greatly embarrassed by the charges and had co-operated fully with police.

Handing down sentence in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Magistrate Michael Coghlan said that while Haynes had no prior convictions, the charges were extremely serious.

Mr Coghlan said possession of child pornography was punishable by jail, and a strong message had to be sent to the community to stop others accessing such material.

He acknowledged that Haynes had lost his job because of media reporting of the case.

“But I have no alternative but to sentence you to an immediate custodial sentence,” he said.

Haynes was convicted and sentenced to a six-month jail term, with three months to be served immediately and the remainder suspended for 18 months.

He will also remain on the national sex offenders’ register for eight years.

 

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/07/15/16079_news.html

Colac man, Russell Haynes, caught in US child porn sting

Tony Prytz

July 15th, 2008

A 42-YEAR-OLD Colac father downloaded graphic child pornography images from an American website, a magistrates’ court heard yesterday.

Russell Haynes, of Hancock St, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly possessing child pornography.

Colac Magistrates’ Court heard Australian police were alerted to the man by US authorities investigating a child porn site.

The court heard Haynes, who has a teenage son, used the names Sarah Supergirl and Sarah King to make the purchases from the US operation, known as Monkeyman.

Prosecutor Leading Sen-Constable Kevin Mullins said police raided Haynes’ home on December 6 last year after being tipped off by the US authorities.

“They found three short movies depicting children in sexual acts with adults,” he said.

Sen-Constable Mullins said Haynes admitted contacting Monkeyman to get pornographic images, but said he did not request images of children.

Sen-Constable Mullins said the children were aged about 12 or 13.

He said a quantity of legal pornographic DVDs and cassettes were also found.

Haynes told police he met Monkeyman on a legal teenager chat site and they later exchanged emails.

In one email Haynes told Monkeyman: “Thanks for the videos, they are great”.

Peter Flynn, representing Haynes, said his client was “greatly embarrassed” and had co-operated fully with police.

“In total, I believe there are 14 images that are the subject of these charges,” he said.

After reading transcripts of emails, Magistrate Michael Coghlan said he was concerned Haynes might have shared some of the material with others.

He told Haynes possessing child pornography was not a victimless crime.

“These images depict children who are quite obviously under the age of 16,” he said.

He adjourned the matter for sentencing in Geelong Magistrates’ Court next week.

 

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