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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-05-04/darwin-ex-firefighter-walks-free-despite-guilt-over-child-abuse/8497198

Ex-firefighter avoids prison despite having ‘worst child abuse material’ police officer had ever seen

By Georgia Hitch

Updated yesterday at 3:24pm

A former Darwin fire commander has escaped jail time for possessing what police described as some of the worst child abuse videos they had ever seen.

Andrew Stenhouse, 58, also known as Joe, pleaded guilty to possessing eight child abuse videos, with two rated in the worst category of child abuse material and the other six in the second most severe category.

Justice Peter Barr told the court the worst category included depictions of “torture, cruelty or abuse of children” and the second-worst category included “penetrative sexual activity between adults and children”.

He also said one police investigator had described the material as the “worst example of child abuse material” they had seen and found it “difficult and distressing” to view.

But Stenhouse walked free from court after Justice Barr reduced his sentence from 12 months to nine months for cooperating with investigations and pleading guilty at an early stage.

The nine-month sentence was then fully suspended.

Attempt by Stenhouse ‘to seek emotional respite’

The court heard Stenhouse had downloaded other files containing child abuse material that had been deleted from his hard drive and could not be recovered by police.

Justice Barr said in a psychiatric evaluation Stenhouse had said he viewed the child abuse videos and other material – objects being blown up and people being killed – in an attempt to seek “emotional respite”.

The court heard at the time Stenhouse was concerned about health issues after being diagnosed with a high level of PFOS – a controversial chemical previously used in firefighting foam currently being investigated by Australian and international authorities.

Stenhouse was also affected by a fatal accident that occurred between an aviation firetruck and a car which occurred on his watch as commander.

“I fail to understand how the type of material referred to in the facts [or] videos of things being blown up and people being killed could possibly have given you any possible emotional respite,” Justice Barr said.

But he said there was no evidence Stenhouse had a psychosocial disorder or sought sexual gratification by watching the videos.

Shame and embarrassment to act as deterrent

Justice Barr also said he took into account that Stenhouse had not paid for the videos, had a low amount of them, had deleted them after watching them and had stopped accessing them at the time of his arrest.

“You had not accessed child abuse material for some two months prior to the police search last year,” he said.

“You were no longer an active participant in this activity.”

Justice Barr also told the court “the shame and embarrassment [Stenhouse] experienced … and [his] public humiliation subsequently” would also act as deterrents.

Stenhouse will be subject to ongoing reporting and supervision under the Child Protection Act.

 

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http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-24/father-jailed-trading-ultrasound-images-for-child-pornography/7540066

Father who planned to make child pornography after daughter’s birth jailed

Updated 24 Jun 2016, 11:56am

A Brisbane father has been jailed for a minimum of two-and-a-half years after he sent ultrasound images of his unborn daughter to an undercover officer to show he intended to make child pornography when she was born.

Last week, the 25-year-old man pleaded guilty in Brisbane’s District Court to possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access child pornography material.

The court heard the father was arrested in January 2015 by Australian Federal Police officers after a tip-off from the FBI in the United States.

The man sent an ultrasound of his unborn child and 12 images of child pornography to an undercover officer, saying he intended to make his own child pornography with his daughter.

Police found the man in possession of 6,435 images and videos of child exploitation material across three devices.

Some were of cartoons, but thousands were of actual children and babies.

The court had previously heard many of the children were showing signs of distress and pain.

Offender’s statements a ‘sign of moral corruption’

District Court Judge David Reid said it was the worst case of child exploitation material he had ever seen.

In sentencing, Judge Reid said the sending of the ultrasound image was not an offence but showed a “gross lack of insight”.

“The fact you were prepared to make such statements is a sign of the extent of your moral corruption and your lack of insight into the nature of child abuse,” he said.

He said the downloading and storing of the material was done so in a “sophisticated” way in different folders.

Judge Reid told the man that what he had described as his stated intentions with his daughter were “vile, explicit and specific”.

He said he was provided a sample of the material found on the devices owned by the man.

“The material you viewed, possessed and transmitted would be seen to be revolting and upsetting to normal people,” he said.

Judge Reid sentenced the man to five years’ jail, with a non-parole period of two-and-a-half years.

 

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http://www.gov.ph/2013/04/26/bureau-of-immigration-bans-australian-sex-offender/

Bureau of Immigration bans Australian sex offender

Published: April 26, 2013.

An April 26, 2013, press release from the Bureau of Immigration

The Bureau of Immigration (BI) has banned from entering the country a convicted Australian pedophile who recently attempted to enter the country but was turned back by immigration officers at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

BI Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. ordered the inclusion of Scot William Ilyes, 38, in the immigration blacklist upon learning that he was intercepted at the NAIA last April 4 after arriving aboard a Cebu Pacific flight from Singapore.

David said Ilyes, who carried a New Zealand passport, is a convicted sex offender and was banned from coming here to prevent him from victimizing Filipino children.

He also commended the immigration officers who excluded the Australian for their vigilance in thwarting the entry of an undesirable alien into the country.

According to Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang, BI acting intelligence chief, NAIA immigration officials were tipped about Ilyes’s scheduled trip to the Philippines by Australian police authorities.

His itinerary showed that from Manila he would take a connecting flight to Iloilo and stay there for two weeks before returning to Australia .

Cting a report from the Australian federal police, Mangrobang said Ilyes is a child was convicted by a district court in Perth, Australia, on February 25, 2010.

He was charged and found guilty on multiple counts of indecent assault against children aged 13-16 years and sentenced to 12-month in prison.

His sentence was later conditionally suspended for 24 months during which he was under probation and supervision.

Mangrobang said the Australian police also warned the BI that because of Ilyes’ criminal conviction for contact offense, he posed a risk to Filipino children whom he might commit sexual offenses to if he was allowed to enter the country.


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http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/09/11/2683070.htm

Man loses child porn sentence appeal

By Jason Rawlins

Posted Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:37am AEST

A Queensland man who used his father-in-law’s home computer to access child pornography has lost an appeal against his sentence.

Trent Wesley Sykes was 28 when he was jailed by a District Court judge in Toowoomba, on Queensland’s Darling Downs, earlier this year for using the internet to access child pornography.

He was sentenced to 15 months in jail, to be released after serving six.

The Australian Federal Police were notified in 2007 that a computer with an IP address registered to Sykes’ father-in-law had downloaded 31 child pornography images from a Croatian astronomy website which had been “hacked” and used to store the material.

Sykes admitted to using his father-in-law’s computer to download a total of 89 images, including 20 category four images – with category five being the worst.

The Court of Appeal dismissed Sykes’ appeal against his sentence, finding it was not excessive.

 

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Age:  31  (2007)

Location:  Bennetts Green / NSW

Offence:  Pleaded guilty to three charges relating to 9000 computer files, which included images

of toddlers and babies in sex acts with adult males.

Sentence:  Sentenced in Newcastle District Court to 21/2 years’ jail, with a non-parole period of 12 months.

Other:  Tarnawskyj used the Internet profile “Dragon666” to visit chatrooms & downloaded images of girlsPreview

aged four to eight years old.

 

 

 


Newcastle Herald  -  13/6/2008  -  Page 13

Newcastle Herald – 13/6/2008 – Page 13

 

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http://www.illawarramercury.com.au/news/local/news/general/program-triggered-child-porn-relapse-court/1982319.aspx

Program triggered child porn relapse: court

BY BREE FULLER

29 Oct, 2010 01:00 AM

A convicted sex offender caught with almost 70,000 child pornography images – some depicting bestiality and sadism – was inspired by treatment to reoffend, a court has heard.

John Douglas Street, 42, was given a two-year good behaviour bond and ordered to complete a sexual offenders treatment program, after having been convicted of possessing child porn in 2005.

This was after Street was convicted in 1991 of maliciously inflicting actual bodily harm on his ex-partner in an attempt to have sexual intercourse with her.

Yesterday, Wollongong District Court heard that the court-ordered program seemed to have the opposite effect on the Fairy Meadow man, whose curiosity and libido were aroused by hearing the fantasies of other offenders during group therapy sessions.

Within months of completing the program in 2006, Street resumed accessing child porn – this time expanding his tastes to include images of even younger children.

Street was arrested on February 12, this year, after Australian Federal Police received a tip-off from United States authorities and searched the man’s home, the court heard.

There they found a desktop computer, external hard drive, hard disk drive, two thumb drives and various CDs and DVDs containing a total of 67,086 child pornography images.

According to facts before the court, Street traded the images and videos using MSN messenger and file-sharing programs.

He was charged with, and admitted to, two counts of using a carriage service to make child porn available, one count of using a carriage service to access child porn and four counts of possession.

Unlike in 2005, Street promised this time to have a better attitude towards a sexual offenders treatment program, telling the court he did not want to reoffend and end up back in jail.

Judge Paul Conlon subsequently sentenced Street to a minimum three years’ jail for the offences. He will be eligible for release on February 12, 2013.

 

 

http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2005/03/30/1334234.htm

Security officer pleads guilty to child porn charge

Posted Wed Mar 30, 2005 12:30pm AEST

A 37-year-old security officer has pleaded guilty in Wollongong Local Court to one charge of possessing child pornography.

John Douglas Street of Fairy Meadow was arrested earlier this month after technicians fixing his computer found the images and tipped off police.

Police facts tendered to the court alleged he downloaded photos and video clips from a website depicting pre-teen children in compromising situations.

According to the facts, Street also confessed to having a problem with children and is open to the idea of receiving treatment.

He is due to be sentenced on May 11.