Hicks has been jailed for nine months for indecently dealing with a child under 10. He was also sentenced to a further five years on a charge of sexually penetration a child under 16. The offences were committed in 2006 & 2007. With time already served he could be eligible for parole in under four years. Hicks will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life.




Sex offender with child porn fetish guilty of sex acts with child

A GEELONG man with a long-term child porn fetish has pleaded guilty to sex acts with a child.

Christopher Hicks, 54, on Friday pleaded guilty in the Geelong Magistrates’ Court to sexually penetrating a child under the age of 16.

The sex fiend, who used to live in Corio, also admitted to viewing pornography in the presence of a child.

The indecent acts with a minor allegedly occurred in a period between 2006 and 2007.

There was no application for bail, with Hicks remaining in custody ahead of a County County hearing in Geelong on August 22.

Hicks has prior convictions for possessing child porn, and has twice faced court for failing to comply with his obligations as a registered sex offender.

At a court hearing in April 2007, Police Prosecutor Senior Constable Clare Murphy said that Hicks had accessed child porn over a seven-year period, and knew it was illegal for more than four years.

“He told police he had a problem which needed addressing,’’ Sen-Constable Murphy said.

“He also told them he was sexually aroused by child pornography and accessed it for his own sexual gratification.’’

In 2007 he was sentenced to four months’ jail, although the period was suspended for two years.



Man at risk of re-offending

Rebecca Tucker


A CHILD pornography collector who down-loaded graphic sexual material from the internet was yesterday handed a suspended jail sentence.

Christopher Hicks, a 45-year-old father of five, was described in   Geelong Magistrates’ Court as having little insight into the severity of his crimes and as at risk of re-offending.

But  the court also heard he was remorseful for his acts, which included making, producing and possessing child pornography.

Hicks, formerly of Purnell Rd, Corio, pleaded guilty to the child pornography charges, which were laid after police found he had downloaded movie files showing young children engaged in sexual activity.

Hicks saved the files to his computer and discs over a seven-year period until last year, when police also found photographs of a small girl partially exposed.

During the case’s court hearings earlier this year, Hicks admitted he was sexually aroused by child pornography and accessed it for his own gratification.

Yesterday, his lawyer, John Butler, unsuccessfully argued for a suppression order against the publication of Hicks’ name, arguing his wife and children had been publicly taunted after the Geelong Advertiser  published his photo and details of the case in April.

But magistrate Ron Saines refused the application and said the court had an obligation to be open to the community, provide a deterrence to defendants and other potential offenders and that media exposure of such cases was part of the court process.

Mr Saines said the level of sexual deviance displayed by Hicks was of concern not only to the community but to the court in respect to the sentence to be delivered.

But in sentencing, Mr Saines took into account Hicks had deleted the images from his computer, had shown remorse, pleaded guilty to the charges and had no prior convictions.

Reports from the Department of Human Services and Office of Corrections indicated Hicks was remorseful but Mr Saines said the reports also indicated a low level of insight to the seriousness of his crime and described him as at risk of re-offending.

Mr Saines convicted and sentenced Hicks to four months’ jail, suspended for two years.

He must also spend the next 18 months completing a community-based order, part of which was ordered for being an unlicensed person in possession of an unregistered firearm.

Hicks has also been removed from his children as a consequence for his crimes.


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