DIY pornographer jailed for ‘serious crimes’

MEAGAN DILLON   |  March 19th, 2013

AN EDUCATOR has been jailed for superimposing the face of a seven-year-old schoolgirl on to photos of naked women and children in sex positions while he worked for NT Catholic Education.

Mark Daniel Lucas – who retired as Catholic Education’s curriculum officer late last year – will spend the next four weeks in prison.

He has also been ordered to stay away from children under 16 for the next two years.

The father-of-two pleaded guilty in the NT Supreme Court to possessing 455 child pornography images, most of which depicted children in erotic positions.

But 40 images were category four – or show sexual activity between children and adults.

In December 2010, Lucas was arrested after NT Police received information from the SA Police as part of Operation Decimate – which targets paedophiles using cutting-edge tracking technology.

The court was told that Lucas, 64, had been superimposing the face of a seven-year-old schoolgirl on to the bodies of naked women and children in sexual positions for about a year.

He got the photo of the girl from a work colleague.

Lucas, who has been in the education field for 40 years, had been downloading child porn between November 2007 and August 2009.

Justice Graham Hiley said: “These are serious crimes.”

He said Lucas had stopped engaging in “this unsavoury and criminal activity” because he had deleted the images prior to his arrest.

“It is unlikely he will re-offend,” he said.

Justice Hiley said a psychological report found Lucas, who has also worked as an education officer for Indigenous Catholic Community Schools, did not have a propensity to break the law.

“(But) you cannot recall any specific triggered…your interest in prepubescent girls in provocative poses,” he said.

Justice Hiley imposed a head sentence of 12 months suspended after four weeks.


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