http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2007/01/17/1168709812627.html

Ex-teacher sentenced for net child porn

January 17, 2007 – 3:23PM

A former teacher, who used Google to find pictures of naked young girls on the internet, has been sentenced to a four-month suspended prison term.

Louis Herbert Jezard, 59, a Brisbane southside-based floor coverings divisional manager, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to using a carriage service to access child porn between August 22, 2005, and September last year.

Jezard had 26 pictures of naked pre-pubescent girls saved to a temporary folder.

Judge Tony Skoien today said Jezard, who was arrested in May last year after a public tip-off, told police he was a teacher, and had been researching pedophilia on the internet.

“He said he thought there were fewer male teachers these days because of the fear of pedophilia and he searched the internet to define the term and he was looking for evidence that males had sexual relationships with children and didn’t find any,” Judge Skoien said, reading from the police record of interview.

Prosecutor Anthony Gett said this was one of the first arrests for computer accessed child porn under Commonwealth legislation. The legislation carries a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail, twice that set out under Queensland laws.

Mr Gett said that as a result of his conviction Jezard would automatically go on a child-sex offender register.

Judge Skoien said Jezard would effectively be branded for life after browsing a website out of stupid curiosity and not for sexual gratification.

In sentencing him to four months’ jail wholly suspended, and imposing a $2500 good behaviour bond, Judge Skoien said Jezard had already been severely punished by the shame of his arrest and prosecution.

“You deservedly suffer extreme shame, and you’ve effectively been branded for life,” he told him.

Defence barrister Sean Barry said Jezard had not worked as a teacher for four years, and had spent most of his working life as a furniture manufacturer at Home Hill, in far north Queensland.

Mr Barry said Jezard had not stored or shared the material, and his arrest should be a lesson to anyone in the community who trawls the internet for pornography out of curiosity.

 

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