Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Granddad's Porn Shame

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Granddad's Porn Shame

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Byline: Madeline McDonald Madeline.McDonald@capnews.com.au

AN 80-YEAR-OLD grandfather has escaped serving up to 25 years in jail for making, possessing and distributing child exploitation material after the sentence was suspended in the Rockhampton District Court yesterday.

The man, who appeared in the docks of the Rockhampton District Court and needed hearing aid devices to hear the judge, pleaded guilty to six counts of making child exploitation material, seven counts of distributing child exploitation material and one count of possessing child exploitation material after the Gladstone man came to the attention of the Federal Police last year when they received information that an Australian internet user had loaded images to a Yahoo account.

The court heard police officers had seized computers and devices in 2015, where non-sexual images of his granddaughter and sexually explicit content were found.

In emails sent to other people, the man made sexual remarks and described incidents with children as young as one-year-old.

During the search the man made confessions to police, telling them he was "role playing" and didn't do what was in the written text, the court heard.

Crown prosecutor Tiffany Lawrence said the elderly man initially described his relationship with his granddaughter as "appropriate", despite sending images of her aged from toddler to teenager to seven other "like-minded" individuals.

The court heard the man described performing sexual acts on her and encouraged the recipients to comment on her sexually as well.

Ms Lawrence said one of the recipients the defendant had contact with had commented that "the internet makes it so easy to hook-up with like-minded people these days".

Judge Michael Burnett told the man his behaviour was "truly revolting" and that the facts of the offending were "terribly disturbing".

"On seven occasions you engaged in production of this offensive material which involved you sending non child exploitation material photos of your step-granddaughter, describing her in a sexual manner, in engaging in sexual acts and encouraging recipients of this email correspondence to comment sexually on other children and encouraging them to send you child exploitation material, in which they did," Mr Burnett said. …

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