Father Jailed for Hoarding Child Images; Downloaded Pornography from Internet

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Byline: Ross Irby ross.irby@northernstar.com.au

WHEN Robert Craske clicked on and downloaded hundreds of images of child pornography he did not foresee the offensive material he viewed would drag him before a courtroom.

Craske, 35, of Woodburn, was jailed for six months yesterday after pleading guilty in the Lismore Local Court to the charge of using the internet to access child pornography on October 14, 2008.

Sentenced to 12 months' jail, with a non-parole of six months, Magistrate Robyn Denes took into account time already served, making Craske eligible for release in late April.

Defence lawyer Ralph James had argued his client should be released immediately from custody as he had already served just over four months following his arrest after returning from a trip to Thailand.

In Crown facts before the court, Craske was caught out when he took his computer to a Lismore repair technician who discovered the cache of stored material and reported it to police.

The material included females aged under 16 posed in a sexual manner, along with more explicit material.

Before he was charged Craske, in a police interview, blamed the images on 'pop ups' he said would occur while using his computer.

He told police he had been using a free porn site that was 'obviously a dodgy website' and he should have known better.

More than 1700 images were selected as being offensive and considered by police to constitute child pornography. There were also cartoons or drawn pictures of very young females engaging in sexual activity. …