Posts Tagged ‘Parliament House’

Jail term follows child porn find at Parliament House

Posted Wed Sep 7, 2005 4:07pm AEST

The ACT Magistrates Court has sentenced a former public servant to a prison term for possessing child pornography on his Parliament House computer.

Wayne Edward Hewitt was sentenced to six months in prison for downloading images of children as young as four engaged in sexual acts.

Checking for an Internet virus led Parliament House IT to more than 100 pornographic images on Hewitt’s computer.

The court heard the 41-year-old Mawson man was working in Finance in February this year when IT found the images.

Lawyers for Hewitt said he did not pay for the images but the court heard that money would have changed hands somewhere down the line and simply viewing it added to the market for pornography.

Magistrate Grant Lalor said public deterrence and the protection of innocent children who are abused, violated and degraded warranted immediate imprisonment.

Bureaucrat pleads guilty to child porn charges

Posted Thu Jul 7, 2005 4:35pm AEST

A Canberra public servant will be sentenced in September for using his Parliament House computer to access child pornography.

Wayne Edward Hewitt, 41, was arrested in February after police received information that images of child pornography had been accessed by a computer in the Finance Department at Parliament House.

Officers seized the hard drive and found more than 100 images, some depicting girls as young as four-years-old engaged in sex acts.

Police then raided Hewitt’s Mawson home and seized a video about child sex tourism.

Hewitt pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography and was released on bail to be sentenced in September.


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DPP appeals ex-AusAid adviser’s child porn sentence

Posted Thu Feb 22, 2007 8:00pm AEDT

The ACT Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) says a full custodial sentence must be imposed on a former senior AusAid adviser for possessing child pornography.

John Dunbar Fowler, 60, was appointed a member of the Order of Australia for his work overseeing the construction of the new Parliament House.

Fowler was running for international vice-president of the Lions Club when he was arrested in 2005.

Last June, Fowler was sentenced to 12 months’ periodic detention after police found about 200,000 pornographic images on his computer, half of which were of children engaged in sexual acts.

Today the DPP appealed the sentence.

DPP Richard Refshauge told the Court of Appeal at least a few months of a full-time custodial sentence must be imposed.

The defence counsel argued Fowler had been sexually abused as a child and raised concerns there was a risk he would be brutalised if given a full-time custodial sentence.

Fowler has already served eight months of his sentence.

The full bench has reserved its decision.

Former AusAID adviser sentenced for child porn possession

Posted Fri Jun 2, 2006 6:33pm AEST

A former senior AusAID adviser has been sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court to 12 months’ weekend detention for the possession of child pornography.

John Dunbar Fowler, 59, had been nominated for international vice-president of the community organisation Lions when he was arrested last year.

Today he told the court he has a strong belief in the protection of children, despite his actions.

In sentencing, Justice Ken Crispin said the gravity of the offences lies in the exploitation of children, and noted the devastating consequences Fowler’s actions had on his life.

Former AusAID adviser faces pornography charges

Updated Tue May 31, 2005 5:58pm AEST

A Canberra man who was made a member of the Order of Australia and was recently employed as a senior adviser to AusAID has appeared in court on child pornography charges.

John Dunbar Fowler was arrested late last night and taken into custody.

This morning he was charged with one count of possessing child pornography and two counts of using the Internet to access child pornography.

The 58-year-old from Isabella Plains had been nominated for the the position of international vice president of the Lions Club.

He was made a member of the Order of Australia for his role in the construction industry which included work on Parliament House.

International development agency AusAID says Mr Fowler’s services have been suspended.

Mr Fowler did not enter a plea at today’s hearing.

He was released on bail and will appear again on June 21.


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