Warrnambool man jailed over child porn charges

Posted October 10, 2008 16:15:00

A 29 year old man charged with child pornography offences has been jailed for a year.

Warrnambool man Linton John Milne had pleaded guilty to one count each of possessing and producing child pornography.

The Warrnambool Magistrates Court was told a police search of Milne’s house in May this year found a hard drive and a CD containing about 38,000 images of child pornography.

The court heard there was also about 60 hours of video footage showing children being sexually abused.

In sentencing, Magistrate Ian von Einem said there had to be a deterrent for others who downloaded child pornography and created a demand for such material.

Milne was sentenced to 12 months jail with a non parole period of four months.

Ex-lifesaver’s massive child porn stash

  • Andrew Thomson
  • October 7, 2008 – 11:25AM

A magistrate was left shaken yesterday after viewing a sample of the massive child pornography stash  – some containing images of girls as young as two – collected by a former award-winning surf lifesaver.

Linton John Milne, 29, of  Warrnambool, collected 38,900 child pornographic images and about 60 hours of video footage, Warrnambool Magistrates Court heard yesterday.

After viewing a sample of the material collected by Milne – who used his father’s credit card to buy child porn images – Magistrate Ian von Einem told the court it was difficult to think how the victims would ever recover.

“It must send shivers up the back of every parent,” he said.

Mr von Einem remanded Milne, who pleaded guilty, in custody until sentencing on Friday.

Detective Senior Constable Matt Laxton, of the Warrnambool Criminal Investigation Unit, said the images and footage involved girls as young as two.

He said the only material that could be worse was death “snuff” movies or footage of serious physical injuries.

Detective Senior Constable Laxton said a dog was also involved with a female in the material which he described as graphic and explicit.

Warrnambool police went to Milne’s home on May 6 where they found 22,000 child pornography images on a computer, 16,900 images on a disc and 60 hours of movie footage.

The court heard Milne had been downloading images since 2002 when he used his father’s credit card to buy child pornography.

In August last year Austrian authorities passed on information to Australian police after an international investigation.

Milne had previously been mentioned by international authorities but no action had been taken.

During a Warrnambool police interview after child pornography was seized, Milne admitted to possessing and downloading material.

Milne’s only prior court appearance involved making a counterfeit $50 note for which he received a good behaviour bond during 2001.

Milne yesterday pleaded guilty to possessing and producing child pornography.

The producing charge related to downloading the images onto a disc.

Defence counsel Tony Robinson said the court appearance had seen Milne plunge into depression, think about suicide and the use of drugs.

He said Milne had only paid for child pornography a couple of times.

He said it was difficult to imagine how someone with an almost unblemished record could now be facing time in jail.

Mr Robinson said that child pornography was now far more accessible via the internet and there had been an explosion of cases before the courts.

Mr Robinson said a period of imprisonment was appropriate, but that the term should not be served immediately.

Mr von Einem said the offending was serious and he found the material distasteful and harmful.

He said he wanted to look at Supreme Court cases before he sentenced Milne on Friday.


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