Rodney Bernard Westacott

Posted: February 15, 2014 by Serendipity in paedophile, Western Australia
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Former Perth high school teacher Rodney Westacott sentenced over possession of child pornography

Updated Thu 13 Feb 2014, 9:14pm AEDT

A former Perth high school teacher has been sentenced to 18-months jail for possessing more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography.

Rodney Westacott resigned last year after being arrested as part of a global investigation into child sexual abuse which centred on a website that operated out of Canada.

A search of electronic storage devices at his home found pictures, DVDs and CDs of children as young as three being abused.

The District Court was told Westacott had been collecting child pornography for almost a decade, and while he initially maintained he did not have a sexual interest in children, he now accepted he had.

His lawyer Simon Freitag said Westacott had generally been able to suppress the interest, but downloaded the material when he was drunk and depressed.

Mr Freitag said his client had been a good, caring and hardworking teacher.

“He has thrown that away,” he said.

“He is very ashamed and embarrassed about what he’s done.”

Judge Simon Stone said some of the material was at the very worst end of the scale, but the majority was at the lower end.

He said he had had to view a small sample of the material, “and the facial expressions of some of the boys showed pain and misery”.

Judge Stone said the offences were serious because of the large number of images and video.

“Each depicts a victimised child,” he said.

“They’re obviously young children in pain being forced to participate in sexual activity.”

Westacott will have to serve nine months before he can be released.


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