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UPDATED:  AUGUST 2016

http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/former-cairns-childcare-director-sentenced-for-filming-and-taking-photos-of-naked-boys/news-story/bb13678eab8b4e2ae3530719dd95d6ad

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.

 

http://www.cairnspost.com.au/news/cairns/former-cairns-childcare-centre-manager-and-friend-of-notorious-pedophiles-pleads-guilty-to-child-porn-charges/story-fnpqrsxl-1227131272739

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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UPDATE:  MARCH 2016

Leask has been sentenced to 3 years jail after he used Facebook & Skype to manipulate vulnerable teenagers.

The offences included online child sex charges & indecent dealing & occured just months after he was spared jail for his previous offences.

Judge Staude described his behaviour as sinister.

 

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/national/online-perth-sex-predator-avoids-prison/story-fndo2j1f-1226518233067

Online Perth sex predator avoids prison

  • Tim Clarke
  • AAP
  • November 16, 2012 3:16PM

A MAN who persuaded young girls in the US and Australia to perform sexual acts via video chat websites – and then threatened to expose them to friends and family if they did not continue doing it – has escaped a jail sentence.

Daniel John Leask, 22, pleaded guilty to inciting the girls, who were aged between 13 and 15, to perform various sex acts as he watched them on his laptop at his Perth home in 2010 and 2011.

He also admitted blackmailing them with threats of exposure if they stopped.

The first victim, who lived in the US, was just 14 when Leask befriended her online and persuaded her to remove her clothes and masturbate, while he watched on a webcam.

When she eventually objected, Leask threatened to hack into her computer and reveal her behaviour.

When the girl deleted Leask from her social media circle, he tracked her down through an instant messaging service, told her he had recorded their previous exchange and threatened to post the video online.
He then contacted the girl’s mother under an alias, and told her her daughter had been recorded performing sexual acts online.

The girl’s mother contacted US authorities, who tipped off the Australian Federal Police.

Four more girls suffered similar persuasion and coercion, two in America, one in Victoria and one in NSW, who was the youngest victim at just 13.

She was persuaded to expose herself and then threatened with exposure to her parents if she did not perform more explicit acts, which she eventually did.

She told her brother, who contacted Australian authorities.

In the District Court of Western Australia, Judge Kevin Sleight said the damage caused to the victims meant they had been humiliated and sexually corrupted by Leask.

He rejected a suggestion Leask had made to police that he was a “white knight” persuading teenagers not to have sex online.

“You used threats to keep all of these girls involved in sexual activity on the screen,” Judge Sleight said.

He revealed that Leask had been driven to his offending after he had suffered a similar experience when he was 17.

Leask was coerced by an unnamed man to perform a sexual act online, with the video published on the internet.
This led to him being bullied and humiliated, causing him to suffer severe depression.

Judge Sleight said he had serious concerns for Leask’s welfare if he was sent to prison, given his mental health and immaturity.

Leask was given a three-year good behaviour bond, ordered to perform 100 hours of community service and placed under an intense supervision order.

He faces a possible three and a half years in jail if he breaches the bond or the order.

 

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http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/australians-in-global-child-sex-ring-20110317-1bxoo.html

Australians in global child sex ring

Jeff Turnbull

March 17, 2011 – 7:39PM

Seventeen of the 31 Australians involved in a worldwide pedophile ring have already been sentenced to terms ranging from eight years’ jail to 150 hours of community service.

So far, 184 people have been arrested and 230 children – four of them Australians – rescued from members of the Netherlands-based website Boylover.net.

A 25-year-old Sydney man from Eastwood was sentenced to eight years in 2010 on multiple charges including three counts of having sex with a child, while Victorian Bryan Cooper is serving seven years for procuring boys for sex.

A judge described Cooper’s crimes as “sheer filth” when sentencing him last month.

Cooper, 25, from Maryborough, assumed the online alias of a 14-year-old to groom children for sex.

Sydney man David Anthony Hudson, 40, from Russell Lea, was jailed for his role in an international child sex tourism ring and is spending a minimum five years and seven months in jail for offences against a Thai teenager.

George Iliakis, a former teacher from exclusive Brighton Grammar in Melbourne, sent videos and pictures of young boys to other members of the ring, which at its height had 70,000 members.

Iliakis, who is serving a minimum two-year sentence, handcuffed and gagged boys before photographing them for his sexual gratification.

Two Melbourne members of the ring were sentenced to 150 hours’ community service and a five-month suspended sentence for possessing child pornography.

Five more Australians in the ring are before the courts, while three have been charged but are yet to appear.

The suspects came from many walks of life, including Scout leaders, lifesavers and teachers, and ranged in age from 19 to 84.

The 84-year-old lives in Thailand and has been charged with “contact sex” offences.

Melbourne music teacher Philip Alan Reid was jailed in 2008 for two years and three months, with a minimum of 15 months, for possessing child porn.

Reid had written notes on grooming children for sex, including one headed: “You don’t need to sexually seduce children – if you give them enough time they will seduce you.”

A federal police spokeswoman told AAP that four of the Australians held high-level positions within the ring.

Perth accountant Ralph Ian Assheton, who is believed to be one of the high-ranking members, pleaded guilty last year to using the internet to access child pornography and was jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Police say details of the investigation have been kept secret until now for operational reasons.

Operation Rescue began in 2007 and involved police from Australia, the US, New Zealand, Europol, the Netherlands and Canada along with investigators from Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

“With over 200 children removed from harm globally, we imagine an even larger number of children were safeguarded elsewhere in the world,” said Grant Edwards, the manager of investigations at the Canberra-based high-tech crime lab.

“We will never know the total figure due to it being such a limitless crime. Global law enforcement is working together internationally to protect children wherever they may be in the world.”

Commander Edwards said inquiries were continuing, with many suspects still being tracked online and leading police to other websites.

More arrests are expected, including in Australia, as investigations continue.

 

http://news.smh.com.au/breaking-news-national/sydney-men-face-thai-sex-tourism-charges-20090320-94c4.html

Sydney men face Thai sex tourism charges

March 20, 2009

Katelyn John and Adam Bennett

A Sydney man accused of being part of an international child sex tourism ring has faced court charged with sex offences against a Thai teenager.

David Anthony Hudson, 40, from Russell Lea, is one of three men charged with alleged child sex offences uncovered during a joint operation involving Thai, Australian and British authorities.

Hudson and a 23-year-old Eastwood man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were arrested by Australian Federal Police (AFP) after raids on their Sydney homes on Thursday.

The third man, a 68-year-old Australian living in Thailand, was arrested by Royal Thai Police the same day.

All three face charges of child sex, child sex tourism and child pornography.

The Eastwood man was already on bail for similar charges involving a family member when he was arrested on Thursday.

As a result, he faces an additional charge of breaching his bail by allegedly communicating with a person under the age of 16.

Thai authorities have also laid charges, while Britain’s Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre assisted in the operation, the AFP said.

Hudson appeared in Sydney’s Central Local Court on two counts of committing an act of indecency last year on a 14-year-old in Pattaya, Thailand, and one count of possessing child pornography.

Dressed in a yellow T-shirt and wearing a cast on his wrist, Hudson waited hours for his lawyer to arrive before applying for the matter to put over until June 3.

The Eastwood man faced the same court charged with three counts of disseminating/producing child pornography, using a carriage service to transmit child porn and possessing child porn.

He is due to reappear in the same court on Tuesday.

The arrests highlighted the global response required to stamp out child abuse and child sex tourism, AFP Sydney office Commander David Stewart said.

“We will continue to relentlessly pursue those individuals who choose to abuse children, who are the most vulnerable in our communities,” Mr Stewart said in a statement.

“The AFP will not tolerate any form of child abuse in Australia or anywhere in the world and will continue to work with local and overseas counterparts to arrest those behind child exploitation.”

 

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Australian sex offender Ross Hannant arrested in US

  • AAP
  • June 20, 2008 12:00AM

CONVICTED sex offender and fugitive Ross Hannant has been arrested in the US and faces deportation home to Australia.

The 64-year-old eluded US authorities for 10 years by slipping across the Canadian border and living in the quiet British Columbia town of Kamloops.

However his time on the run ended when he tried to cross back into the US on June 6.

“When he crossed into the US we ran a standard name query on him,” Mike Milne, of the US Customs and Border Protection, said today.

“It popped up as having an open warrant for him.”

Hannant was convicted in 1996 for an attempted sexual assault on an underage female in 1991 in Utah.

He was required to register as a sex offender but failed to do so and an arrest warrant was issued.

As an Australian citizen, Hannant faces deportation once his legal matters are resolved in the US, Milne said.
“He is an alien involved in a felony,” Milne said.

“That could certainly make him subject to deportation.”


http://www.themorningbulletin.com.au/news/apn-man-caught-in-child-porn/69210/

Man caught in child porn net

  • 19th Oct 2004 7:00 AM

 

UPDATE: NOVEMBER 2015
Fox has been released from jail & as his visa had been revoked by the Department of Immigration he was taken to Villawood immigration detention centre where he is fighting deportation to the US.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/paedophile-used-boys-like-a-sexual-commodity-20111124-1nwwv.html

Paedophile used boys like a ‘sexual commodity’

Louise Hall

November 25, 2011

Mitchell Bruce Fox, 68, of Northbridge, was part of a child-sex ring operating in Sydney in the late 1970s and ’80s that had links to the notorious paedophile Robert ”Dolly” Dunn.

The Sydney District Court yesterday heard Fox, a former partner in a Pink Panther printing business, sexually abused the boys, aged between nine and 15, over five years at his homes in Bellevue Hill and Collaroy and on a boat on Sydney Harbour.

Judge Michael King said Fox was introduced to the boys by other members of the ring, including John Thomas Shiel and Phillip Edwards, who had ”groomed” the boys to participate in sexual activity with men.

Judge King said Fox pleaded guilty to seven charges in March this year after his lawyer, in ”a desperate last roll of the dice”, failed in a bid to have each victim give evidence in a separate trial.

Fox often paid Shiel $50 for access to the boys, who had been trained to do sexual acts with men. Judge King rejected a submission from the defence that the victims had consented and did not physically resist, saying the youths had a ”warped” view of the world as a result of being groomed by the ring. One victim told police that by the time he was ”pimped” to Fox, ”it was normal to me”.

”For the offender’s deviant sexual gratification, these boys were a mere sexual commodity for which he was willing to pay,” Judge King said.

Fox, who was born in the US and has two daughters, aged 27 and 24, to his first wife, and a 15-year-old son to his second wife, has been in protective custody since April. One of his daughters sobbed loudly as Judge King sentenced Fox to a non-parole period of 4½ years, with a maximum sentence of nine years.

Fox will be eligible for parole on October 28, 2015.

Earlier this month, Shiel was sentenced to a minimum 11 years’ jail after he pleaded guilty to 54 charges committed between 1978 and 2007, including indecent assault, being an accessory to indecent assault, and 23 charges of buggery.

Karen Lindley, from the advocacy group Bravehearts, said Fox was jailed according to sentencing principles in force at the time of the offences, rather than under legislation today.

”In historical cases we’re likely to see a longer sentence but it’s still a fairly big sentence and it goes some way towards the victims feeling that there was justice here today,” she said.

Ms Lindley said the sentence should help victims of historical sexual abuse to come forward.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/developer-in–sydney-child-sex-ring-jailed-20111124-1nw3e.html

Developer in Sydney child sex ring jailed

Louise Hall

November 24, 2011

A wealthy property developer who sexually abused three boys he gained access to through a child paedophile ring has been jailed for at least 4½ years.

Mitchell Bruce Fox, 68, of Northbridge, was part of a child sex ring operating in Sydney in the late 1970s and ’80s, which had links to the notorious paedophile Robert “Dolly” Dunn.

The Sydney District Court this morning heard Fox, a former partner in a Pink Panther printing business, sexually abused the boys, aged between nine and 15, over a five-year period at his homes in Bellevue Hill and Collaroy and on a boat on Sydney Harbour.

Judge Michael King said Fox was introduced to the boys by other members of the ring, including John Thomas Shiel and Phillip Edwards, who had “groomed” the boys to participate in sexual activity with adult men.

Judge King said Fox pleaded guilty to seven charges in March this year after his lawyer, in “a desperate last roll of the dice”, failed in a bid to have each victim give evidence in a separate trial.

Fox often paid Sheil $50 for access to the boys, who had been trained to do sexual acts with men.

Judge King rejected a submission from the defence that the victims had consented and did not physically resist, saying the youths had a “warped” view of the world as a result of being groomed by the ring.

One victim told police that, by the time he was “pimped” to Fox, “it was normal to me”.

“For the offender’s deviant sexual gratification, these boys were a mere sexual commodity for which he was willing to pay,” Judge King said.

Fox, who was born in the US and has two daughters, aged 27 and 24, to his first wife, and a 15-year-old son to his second wife, has been in protective custody since April.

One of his daughters sobbed loudly as Judge King sentenced Fox to a non-parole period of 4½ years, with a maximum sentence of nine years.

Fox will be eligible for parole on October 28, 2015.

This month, Shiel was sentenced to a minimum 11 years’ jail after he pleaded guilty to 54 charges committed between 1978 and 2007, including indecent assault, being an accessory to indecent assault, and 23 charges of buggery.

Karen Lindley, from the organisation Bravehearts, said Fox was jailed according to sentencing principals in force at the time of the offences, rather than penalties set under legislation today.

“In historical cases we like to see a longer sentence but it’s still a fairly big sentence and it goes some way towards the victims feeling that there was justice here today.”

Ms Lindley said the sentence should encourage other victims of historical sexual abuse to come forward.

“The community is saying very strongly that [when it comes to] historical cases, if you offend, you will be bought to trial.

“It takes a lot of courage to come forward but, if you have been offended against, people are there to stand behind you and help you get justice.”

 

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/breaking-news/sydney-developer-admits-paedophile-crimes/story-e6freuyi-1226022022225

Sydney developer admits paedophile crimes

  • From: AAP
  • March 15, 2011 6:47PM

A SYDNEY property developer who accessed boys through a child paedophile ring in the 1980s has pleaded guilty to sex crimes against three victims.

One of the children was introduced to Mitchell Bruce Fox, 67, after having been “instructed and trained” to do sexual acts with an adult, and knew not to act like “a dead fish”.

Fox had been ordered to stand trial but today, supported in the NSW District Court by two young women, he pleaded guilty to seven charges including buggery and indecent assault.

From the dock, Fox at times held his gaze at the public gallery where his three victims, now adults, sat.

They were as young as nine at the time of the crimes, which happened from 1979-85 at his Fox’s properties and on a boat on Sydney Harbour.

According to facts tendered to the court, Fox paid $50 for anal sex on different occasions and also procured a victim for oral sex.

Two of the boys were introduced to Fox by another man who befriended and groomed them “for sexual activity”.
One of the victims said he was “already sexually conditioned” when he met Fox.

“I knew what was expected of me and how I was to behave” in the presence of Fox, he said.

Another didn’t report the abuse as a child because his mother had died and he was scared to tell his father.

He was “switched off” about the offending and said he just knew “what to do when he went to bed with the adult men”.

One described himself as being prostituted out, saying he was taken on “exciting outings” including to Parramatta Speedway, and received gifts, alcohol, cigarettes and drugs.

During an unsuccessful attempt to have Fox’s name suppressed, the court heard how one victim felt he had had to hide for 30 years so “why should the offender be able to hide now”.

Reading out his comments, crown prosecutor Kara Shead said: “Our community has the right to know about the accused so parents can protect their children”.

Ms Shead also said the public interest in securing the prosecution of offenders who commit such crimes was great, adding that one of the victims came forward only after reading Fox’s name in the newspaper.

He had remained silent for years, fearing he would not be believed, she said.

Judge Michael King is due to sentence Fox on May 6.

 

http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/property-tycoon-faces-paedophile-ring-accusations-20100622-yvs1.html

Property tycoon faces paedophile ring accusations

NICK RALSTON AND GEESCHE JACOBSEN CRIME

June 23, 2010

THREE men – including a retired Northbridge property developer – are accused of abusing young boys on nearly 500 occasions in an investigation linked to the notorious paedophile Robert ”Dolly” Dunn.

The arrest yesterday of Mitchell Bruce Fox, 67, of Northbridge, is the latest result of investigations into the paedophile ring, which police say was active in Sydney in the 1980s.

Fox faces 31 charges, including buggery and indecent assault against three boys. Police said yesterday the allegations involved extremely serious offences and ”a complete betrayal of trust”.

The two others charged by the same strike force – Philip John Edwards and John Thomas Shiel – face more than 450 charges against seven victims and have been denied bail.

They were alleged to have had links with Dunn, who died in prison last July.

Mr Fox, who was last night granted $100,000 bail in Hornsby Local Court, is not believed to have known Mr Dunn, police said. His lawyer said the retired property developer denied the allegations and rejected prosecution claims that the US-born Mr Fox, who has lived in Australia for 38 years, was a flight risk.

The court was told Mr Fox had three children, a property portfolio worth $4 million and half a million dollars on deposit.

His lawyer argued there was ”inherent vagueness” about the times, dates and locations of the alleged offences.

Some of the evidence related to someone ”having an American accent” while one of the locations mentioned was ”a mansion somewhere in Sydney”.

But the magistrate, Lisa Stapleton, said she was satisfied with the strength of the prosecution case, saying uncertainty about times, dates and locations could be expected, given the time since the alleged offences.

She said there were ”strong similarities” in the evidence given by two of the alleged victims, particularly the location of the alleged offences and how they were introduced to Mr Fox.

One of the alleged victims came forward through the anti-child abuse organisation Bravehearts. Before hearing of the decision to grant bail on strict conditions, its founder, Hetty Johnston, said yesterday the man was relieved Mr Fox had been charged.

Ms Johnston said he had come to the organisation in a ”really fragile state” and police had later identified two additional alleged victims.

She said speaking out empowered survivors of child abuse. ‘They have been silent for all these years,” Ms Johnston said. ”Now they have permission to speak.”

The acting commander of the sex crimes squad, Detective Acting Superintendent Paul Jacob, said investigating such ”historic” matters was always difficult because it was unlikely they could be corroborated by forensic evidence.

He praised Bravehearts for encouraging them to bring their allegations to police. ”These are allegations of sexual assault against children between the ages of eight to 12. It does not get more serious,” he said.

Ms Johnston said that even if complaints were laid decades later further offending could often be stopped.

Mr Fox is due to reappear in court on August 10.

 

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www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/recluse-63-jailed-over-thousands-of-child-porn-images-after-fbi-sting/story-e6frea83-1226182362680

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.

 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/child-porn-pervert-stephen-john-foster-no-risk-to-children/story-e6frea6u-1226176647467

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.

 

http://www.adelaidenow.com.au/news/south-australia/fbi-caught-adelaide-man-stephen-john-foster-sharing-porn-images/story-e6frea83-1226176100187

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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