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Age:   44  (2017)

Location:   Surry Hills  NSW

Offence:   Pleaded guilty to 23 offences including possessing child abuse material and causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual intercourse outside Australia in his presence.

Sentence:   Sentenced in the NSW District Court  to 10 years with a non-parole period of six years, but on appeal it was increased to 14 years with a non-parole period of 10 years.

Other:  Beattie was a member of a private Facebook group for paedophiles who would share child abuse material to the page, which went unchecked by authorities. He directed the live sexual abuse of overseas children via an online video stream,  paying people to rape children while he watched and directed online.




Age:   31

Location:   Adelaide  SA

Offence:  Pleaded guilty to six charges of possessing and distributing the material.

Sentence:  Jailed for four years and set a non-parole period of two years.

Other:   Caught with more than 1000 images and more than 130 videos of child exploitation material.


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.






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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Medicare call centre worker jailed for child porn images has kept his job while behind bars… by claiming prison time as annual leave

  • Samuel James Lawless has been convicted of collecting child porn 
  • The 31-year-old has a job at a Medicare call centre in Brisbane 
  • He is due to be released from Wolston Correctional Centre in within weeks 
  • He has kept his job by using annual leave and leave without pay 
  • Department of Human Services said it ‘doesn’t comment on individual staff’
  • But would consider ‘disciplinary action’ if an employee is convicted of a criminal offence 

By Melissa Hills for Daily Mail Australia

Published: 21:35 AEST, 8 November 2014 | Updated: 00:06 AEST, 9 November 2014

A Medicare call centre worker jailed for possessing a haul of 22,000 child porn images kept his job while he was behind bars – by using his annual leave and leave without pay while in prison.

Samuel James Lawless, 31, from Brisbane, is still employed by the Human Services Department despite admitting possessing and transmitting the child pornography between September 2006 and June 2013, The Courier Mail reports.

The Department of Human Services has told Daily Mail Australia that it ‘cannot discuss matters relating to individual staff’.

But a spokesman added: ‘Generally speaking, the department will consider appropriate disciplinary action as soon as it becomes aware that an employee has been convicted of a criminal offence.

‘Where any matter is identified as possibly breaching the APS Code of Conduct, it is referred to the department’s Conduct Standards Team for consideration.

‘Serious breaches generally result in termination of employment.’

Lawless is due to be released from Wolston Correctional Centre within a matter of weeks and authorities are investigating whether his employment should end, reports Channel 9.

Marise Payne, Human Services Minister, told Channel 9 all government employees were expected to abide by the Australian Public Service code of conduct.

A department spokeswoman said paid leave is not normally agreed when the department is aware that the employee is serving a jail sentence.

A spokesman for Queensland Police told Daily Mail Australia they could not comment on the case.


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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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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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