Child porn sentence ‘lenient’

TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN  |  December 14th, 2010

THE Liberal National Party has called for an appeal of the jail sentence of a Townsville man who posted a child abuse “how-to” video on the internet.

Timothy Hinspeter, 36, was given 18-months’ jail in the Townsville District Court on Friday, suspended after three months, after he pleaded guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Police found him in possession of a four-minute guide detailing how to sexually assault girls from infancy through to 13 years, including providing instructions about different objects that could be used and ideal times to carry out the offences to ensure they would not get caught.

Shadow attorney-general Jarrod Bleijie said the sentence was too lenient and sent the wrong message to paedophiles and other sex predators.

“I call on the Attorney-General to appeal this sentence immediately,” Mr Bleijie said.

Hinspeter was arrested in 2008 after investigation by police Taskforce Argos, which targets the accessing and downloading of child pornography.

“It is too lenient, fails to reflect the gravity of the offence and fails to act as a sufficient deterrent,” he said.

The Attorney-General is able to appeal a sentence within 28 days of it being delivered.

Attorney-General Cameron Dick yesterday declined to comment.

Men walk free over child porn charges

JASON SCHWAB  |  December 11th, 2010

A TOWNSVILLE man who distributed a graphic tutorial over the internet describing how to sexually abuse young children will walk free in just three months after being sentenced yesterday.

Timothy Hinspeter, 36, pleaded guilty to one count of distributing and three counts of possessing child exploitation material.

On November 18, 2007, police discovered Hinspeter was circulating an explicit pictorial tutorial via a peer-to-peer file sharing site.

The four-minute guide detailed how to sexually assault girls from infancy through to 13 years of age.

Explicit instructions about different objects that could be used while performing illegal acts were provided.

It also specified ideal times to carry out such offences to ensure a spouse would not discover what was going on.

The file displayed 39 images of young girls.

Hinspeter was arrested on March 5, 2008, after a raid at his home. In addition to the tutorial, police seized his laptop and numerous hard drives, which contained 42 child porn videos, some as long as 45 minutes. They depicted as many as three young children being molested by men.

In handing down his sentence, Judge John Baulch SC told Hinspeter: “There is no indication the nature of the offence shocked you or caused you to reconsider or stop what you were doing.”

Hinspeter was given 18 months’ jail for the distribution charge, to be wholly suspended after just three months. He will then be subject to two years’ probation.

Meanwhile, two other Townsville men also charged as part of Taskforce Argos a Queensland Police investigation targeting the illegal accessing and downloading of child pornography have pleaded guilty and walked from court.

Ashley Kenneth Kearns, 48, and Peter Andrew Morgan, 42, both appeared this week in the Townsville District Court.

Judge John Baulch SC said the pair, who were regular visitors to pornographic websites that offer illicit images and videos of underage children, was involved in a “disgusting trade”.

Kearns, an ex-employee of Ergon Energy, faced 22 charges.

He also appeared on 21 commonwealth charges of using a carriage service, namely the internet, to download child pornography material.

He was given two wholly suspended sentences 18 months in jail for the Commonwealth offences and ordered to pay $2000 recognisance, while he was given six months’ imprisonment for the state charge.

Morgan, a fitter and turner, was charged with two state counts of possessing child exploitation material .

He was given a nine-month jail sentence wholly suspended.


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