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Former Cairns childcare director sentenced for filming and taking photos of naked boys

A FORMER Cairns childcare director has been released on a wholly suspended jail sentence after pleading guilty to filming and taking photos of two naked five year old boys.

Daniel Patrick Maher had met one of the boys through his work in childcare. This boy then formed a friendship with a boy, who was the adopted son of the two men that Maher lived with.

The Cairns District Court was told those two men had been sentenced to substantial jail terms in the United States for offending involving children.

Crown prosecutor Brendan Manttan said that in early 2011, police seized electronic equipment from their Kewarra Beach home. Due to the sophisticated encryption used, the film and images weren’t discovered until 2013.

The court was told Maher was arrested and charged the day after he had been sentenced for commonwealth offending that involved sending images and videos of young boys aged five to eight years to a man in the United States.

Defence barrister Josh Trevino told the court his client had undergone significant rehabilitation since being sentenced over these matters including psychotherapy.

The court was told Maher had been unable to reconcile his homosexuality with his religious beliefs. A report described Maher as extremely naive.

Judge Brian Harrison, in summing up, said Maher had wanted to impress the man in the United States as well as the male couple he resided with.

Because Maher had already served a little under four months jail while awaiting sentence, Judge Harrison said he saw little point in sending him back to jail and that it was more important his rehabilitation continued.

 

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Former Cairns childcare centre manager and friend of notorious pedophiles pleads guilty to child porn charges

  • Vanda Carson
  • The Courier-Mail
  • November 22, 2014 4:45AM

THE former manager of a Cairns childcare centre who lived with two of the nation’s most notorious pedophiles faces jail for child porn.

Daniel Patrick Maher, 30, lived with Cairns couple Peter Truong and Mark Newton in the months before they were charged in the US with sexually exploiting their “adopted” son by allowing pedophiles to molest him when he was aged between two and six.

In the Brisbane District Court yesterday, Maher pleaded guilty to sending 13 pornographic photos of children aged as young as five to a Texas sex offender who was in a depraved abuse network.

At the time, Maher sent the photos to Mark Lawless, 35, from Texas, he knew his housemates Truong and Newton were facing charges of trafficking their son to the pedophile network.

Lawless was a friend of Truong and Newton and was allowed to abuse their young son, whom they bought from Russia in 2005 for $8000.

Maher was working at the Penguin Childcare Centre in Cairns North when he sent the explicit photos and made Skype calls to Lawless to discuss them.

He also sent photos of two naked young boys to Lawless.

Maher’s barrister Lincoln Crowley told the court that Maher was living in the northern NSW town of Grafton when he met Truong and Newton online through the photo sharing service Flickr and they invited him to live with him.

Maher “idolised” Truong and Newton because they were “a gay couple who were successful, they had an adopted son and a relationship that Maher would never be able to obtain”, Mr Crowley said.

In the months before his arrest in Victoria in October last year, Maher was working as a director of Essendon Fields Kinder Haven.

After his arrest, he took part in an indigenous job program with Coles supermarkets.

Newton was sentenced by a US court to 40 years for his sex abuse, while Truong is serving 30 years.

Maher was charged after US authorities gave evidence to Queensland police.

Maher will be sentenced by Judge Michael Burnett on Wednesday.

 

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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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3 years’ jail for child porn

October 26, 2009

A MELBOURNE judge who jailed a pornography ”predator” found it ”unimaginable that another human being could view and then retain” images of such extreme abuse.

Judge Pamela Jenkins said words couldn’t prepare one for the enormity of the crimes perpetrated upon the children.

She yesterday told Alan Robert Le Busque, 60, that he had requested images of the worst category of child pornography, involving bondage and torture of young children.

Le Busque was not directly involved in producing the images, but she said offenders like him who downloaded such despicable material were complicit in perpetrating a continued market for it.

Le Busque, formerly of Carrum Downs, pleaded guilty in May in the County Court to charges of causing the transmission of child pornography, transmitting child pornography and possessing it.

He was arrested after federal police received a referral from US authorities about child exploitation material being distributed via the internet.

Chat logs revealed that between May 2007 and January 2008 he received 1065 child pornography files and sent at least 704 child pornography images to other users.

Judge Jenkins found that Le Busque, a father of two, had not shown remorse.

She jailed him for four years and six months with a minimum of three years. He was also registered for life under Victoria’s sex offenders law.

STEVE BUTCHER

 

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http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/07/24/16450_news.html

Colac porn dad jailed

Karen Matthews

July 24th, 2008

A COLAC father who downloaded graphic images of child pornography from an American website was yesterday sent to jail.

A COLAC father who downloaded graphic images of child pornography from an American website was yesterday sent to jail.

Russell Haynes, 42, of Hancock St, pleaded guilty in Colac Magistrates’ Court on July 14, to knowingly possessing child pornography.

During the hearing, the court was told Australian police were alerted to Haynes by US authorities investigating a child porn site.

Haynes used the names Sarah Supergirl and Sarah King to make the purchases from the US operation, known as Monkeyman.

Leading Senior Constable Kevin Mullins said police raided Haynes’ home on December 6 last year after being tipped off by US authorities.

“They found three short movies depicting children in sex acts with adults,” he said.

“Haynes admitted contacting Monkeyman to get pornographic images, but said he did not request images of children.”

The prosecutor said the children were aged about 12 or 13.

Peter Flynn, for Haynes, said his client was greatly embarrassed by the charges and had co-operated fully with police.

Handing down sentence in Geelong Magistrates’ Court yesterday, Magistrate Michael Coghlan said that while Haynes had no prior convictions, the charges were extremely serious.

Mr Coghlan said possession of child pornography was punishable by jail, and a strong message had to be sent to the community to stop others accessing such material.

He acknowledged that Haynes had lost his job because of media reporting of the case.

“But I have no alternative but to sentence you to an immediate custodial sentence,” he said.

Haynes was convicted and sentenced to a six-month jail term, with three months to be served immediately and the remainder suspended for 18 months.

He will also remain on the national sex offenders’ register for eight years.

 

http://www.geelongadvertiser.com.au/article/2008/07/15/16079_news.html

Colac man, Russell Haynes, caught in US child porn sting

Tony Prytz

July 15th, 2008

A 42-YEAR-OLD Colac father downloaded graphic child pornography images from an American website, a magistrates’ court heard yesterday.

Russell Haynes, of Hancock St, pleaded guilty to one count of knowingly possessing child pornography.

Colac Magistrates’ Court heard Australian police were alerted to the man by US authorities investigating a child porn site.

The court heard Haynes, who has a teenage son, used the names Sarah Supergirl and Sarah King to make the purchases from the US operation, known as Monkeyman.

Prosecutor Leading Sen-Constable Kevin Mullins said police raided Haynes’ home on December 6 last year after being tipped off by the US authorities.

“They found three short movies depicting children in sexual acts with adults,” he said.

Sen-Constable Mullins said Haynes admitted contacting Monkeyman to get pornographic images, but said he did not request images of children.

Sen-Constable Mullins said the children were aged about 12 or 13.

He said a quantity of legal pornographic DVDs and cassettes were also found.

Haynes told police he met Monkeyman on a legal teenager chat site and they later exchanged emails.

In one email Haynes told Monkeyman: “Thanks for the videos, they are great”.

Peter Flynn, representing Haynes, said his client was “greatly embarrassed” and had co-operated fully with police.

“In total, I believe there are 14 images that are the subject of these charges,” he said.

After reading transcripts of emails, Magistrate Michael Coghlan said he was concerned Haynes might have shared some of the material with others.

He told Haynes possessing child pornography was not a victimless crime.

“These images depict children who are quite obviously under the age of 16,” he said.

He adjourned the matter for sentencing in Geelong Magistrates’ Court next week.

 

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Source: The Advertiser

(Candice Marcus)

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Recluse, 63, jailed over thousands of child-porn images after FBI sting

  • by: Court Reporter Sean Fewster
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • November 01, 2011 10:54AM

AN Adelaide man caught hoarding child pornography by US authorities has been jailed for three years.

The District Court this morning ordered Stephen John Foster serve at least 18 months of that sentence before being eligible for parole.

Foster, 63, of Ethelton, pleaded guilty to aggravated dissemination and possession of child pornography.

His perverted collection of 19,100 images and 1060 videos was uncovered by the New Mexico branch of the Federal Bureau of Investigations during an online sting operation.

Foster unwittingly shared some of his haul with an FBI special agent in October 2010, leading to his arrest by SA Police in January this year.

In sentencing today, Judge Dean Clayton said most of Foster’s images and videos fell into the first two categories of child pornography, deemed to be the “less serious”.

Others, however, were of the highest category  which includes acts of bondage and bestiality.

“This is not a victimless crime,” Judge Clayton said.

“The production, possession and dissemination of child pornography leads to the abuse of many children around the world.”

He said Foster’s illicit hobby developed while he served as the primary carer for his aged parents.

“Your siblings hold you in high regard, saying you sacrificed a lot in selflessly taking on that role,” he said.

“But performing that role isolated you from normal social contact and you became reclusive, developing an interest in pornography five to six years ago.”

Prior to sentencing, Foster’s lawyer read a letter of apology to the court.

“(This is) a time in my life I’m ashamed of, and I’m sorry I didn’t have the sense to do (things) differently,” it said.

“I would like to put this sorry time behind me… and would like a chance to finally get my life back on track.”

Judge Clayton, however, said neither that contrition nor Foster’s previous good character warranted suspension of his sentence.

 

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Child porn pervert Stephen John Foster ‘no risk’ to children

  • by: Court Reporter Hannah Silverman
  • From: The Advertiser
  • October 26, 2011 12:00AM

A MAN who downloaded about 19,000 images and videos of child porn is no risk to kids, a court has heard.

When Stephen John Foster, 63, of Ethelton, appeared in the District Court yesterday for sentencing submissions, his lawyer said his client was not “generally interested” in small children.

Foster had pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of disseminating child pornography and one aggravated count of possessing child pornography. The offences occurred in October 2010 and in January this year.

His arrest followed an international FBI sting on child exploitation, during which an agent based in New Mexico discovered Foster had shared 637 images online.

His home computer was later seized and 18,100 images and 1060 videos were found to have been downloaded.

Yesterday the court heard Foster used a file sharing program which enabled others to download some of his files.

For that reason, prosecutors said, there was no good reason to suspend a prison term.

But David Stokes, for Foster, asked that his client receive a suspended sentence or, at least, a minimal non-parole period.

“This man is not a risk to children, he’s not a risk to the community,” he said. “He’s caught out by the scale (of offending), he’s caught out by the number of images.”

Mr Stokes said his client had looked after both his parents in the years before they died.

“He’s a man who has enormous compassion for his family and others,” he said.

“It’s therefore perhaps a little odd that he would find himself in a position of downloading child pornography.”

Foster will appear before Judge Dean Clayton for sentencing next Tuesday.

 

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FBI caught Adelaide man Stephen John Foster sharing porn images

  • by: Court Reporter Hannah Silverman
  • From: AdelaideNow
  • October 25, 2011 11:08AM

A MAN who downloaded more than 18,000 child pornography images – sharing almost 700 of them with others online – has asked to be spared an immediate jail term.

Stephen John Foster, 63, of Ethelton, has pleaded guilty to one aggravated count of disseminating child pornography and one aggravated count of possess child pornography.

The offences date back to October 2010.

Foster was arrested following an international FBI sting on child exploitation when he was discovered sharing 637 images online by an agent in New Mexico.

His home computer was later seized and 18,100 images and 1060 videos were found illegally downloaded on his computer.

Today the court heard Foster engaged with a file sharing program which enabled others to download his files.

For that reason, prosecutors argued there was no good reason to suspend a prison term.

They said his offending called for both public and personal deterrence.

But David Stokes, for Foster, said his client had good prospects for rehabilitation and showed no “general interest” in small children.

“This man is not a risk to children, he’s not a risk to the community,” he said.

Mr Stokes argued his client had looked after both his parents in the years before they died.

“He’s a man who has enormous combination of compassion for his family and others,” he said.

“It’s therefore perhaps a little odd that he would find himself in a position of downloading child pornography.”

Foster will be sentenced by Judge Dean Clayton next Tuesday.

“Alternatively, they may produce or distribute images that are downloaded by people thousands of kilometres away.”

 

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