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Ballarat man jailed over child porn

17 Mar, 2010 11:38 PM

A BALLARAT man claimed to have had one of Australia’s largest volume of child pornography material in his possession has been jailed.

More than 900,000 items of child pornography was found in Stacy Livitsanis’ possession after customs officials raided his home on July 3.

The 30-year-old was yesterday sentenced to three years and nine months’ jail with a minimum of two years and three months.

He was registered a sex offender for life.

County Court Judge Joe Gullaci told Livitsanis, who had few friends and led an isolated life, that he derived sexual gratification from his offending.

Among Livitsanis’ child pornography material were photographic images, video files, text files and DVDs.

He had also written a number of child pornography stories, which he saved on his computer. The stories were published on a website and available for public viewing.

Livitsanis had used email to send child pornography material with a number of these sent to a man in Brazil, who he told “I don’t want to sound so eager, but I would love it if you could send as many images as possible…”.

He used websites to access child pornography material and made it available to other users.

Livitsanis was initially charged with two offences on July 3, but during another interview on September 15, he admitted he had bought a new laptop computer which contained child pornography stories.

The prosecution had said Livitsanis contributed to the ongoing exploitation of young females and to the movement of child pornography across the world.

The prosecution believed he had the largest volume of child pornography material in his possession in the country.

In sentencing, Judge Gullaci took into account Livitsanis’ early guilty plea, clean criminal history and his expression of remorse and shame.

Livitsanis pleaded guilty to eight child pornography-related charges, including importing child pornography, making child pornography and using a carriage or service to publish child pornography.

 

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COURT: child porn accused facing jail

26 Feb, 2010 11:19 PM

A BALLARAT man claimed to have had Australia’s largest volume of child pornography material in his possession is facing jail.

More than 900,000 items of child pornography was found in Stacy Livitsanis’ possession after customs officials raided his home on July 3.

They seized a laptop computer, three portable hard drives and a collection of CDs, DVDs, books and magazines from his house.

Livitsanis was charged with two offences after an interview on July 3, but during another interview on September 15, he advised officials that he had bought a new laptop, which contained a number of child pornography stories.

He pleaded guilty in December to eight child pornography-related charges, including importing child pornography, making child pornography and using a carriage or service to publish child pornography.

Crown prosecutor Natasha Vicary yesterday told a plea hearing in the County Court at Ballarat that Livitsanis had an obsession with child pornography.

She said he traded material to other people, wrote and published his own stories on the internet, received child pornography material through subscriptions and categorised the material on his computer.

“He has contributed to the on-going production of exploitation of these young girls,” Ms Vicary said.

“All the images he downloaded were available to other users. There is no way to ascertain the amount he contributed to the movement of child pornography across the world.”

She said the volume of child pornography material found in Livitsanis’ possession was one of the largest in Australia.

The prosecution submitted that Livitsanis should be sentenced to three to five years’ jail for the head sentence, with one to three years to be served.

But defence barrister Tony Lavery urged for a non-immediate custodial sentence, submitting that his client had no prior criminal history and he had good prospects of rehabilitating.

Judge Joe Gullaci adjourned the hearing until March 17.

He remanded Livistanis in custody until then.

 

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Ballarat man admits child pornography charges

10 Dec, 2009 12:30 AM

A BALLARAT man at the centre of a customs raid earlier this year had more than 900,000 items of child pornography in his possession, a court has been told.

Customs officials searched Stacy Livitsanis’ home on July 3 after discovering more than 40 pornographic DVDs addressed to the 30-year-old from the USA.

They seized a laptop computer, three portable hard drives, and hundreds of DVDs, books and magazines from his house.

Forensic examination of the computer equipment showed it contained more than 490,000 photos, videos and text files depicting child pornography.

A further 440,000 explicit images and videos were identified in the other material seized.

Livitsanis had also written a number of child pornography stories, which he saved on his computer in a folder titled “Lesbian Lolita”.

The stories were published on a website and available for public viewing from September 3, two months after his initial arrest.

In a brief of evidence tendered to Ballarat Magistrates Court, Livitsanis admitted sending and receiving child pornography from overseas over a “period of time”, as well as writing and uploading pornographic stories to the internet.

He told Australian Federal Police members he continued to download stories from the internet – at times from a Ballarat internet cafe – after the customs raid, stating “it was just in a moment, like, sort of panic, sort of trying

to get back to something familiar that had been taken”.

During an interview with customs officers, Livitsanis said he liked to watch the DVDs because “the girls appear to be having fun” and he found them “cute and pretty”.

He agreed that most people would consider the children in the footage to be engaged in sexual poses, but said he did not see it that way.

Livitsanis yesterday pleaded guilty to eight child pornography-related charges, including importing child pornography, making child pornography and using a carriage or service to publish child pornography.

He was remanded on bail to appear at the Melbourne County Court for a directions hearing on December 15.

As part of his bail conditions, Livitsanis must not access the internet or visit internet cafes.

 

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