Man jailed over child porn videos

AN IPSWICH man caught with more than nine-and-a-half hours of child pornography videos has been sent to jail.

David Daniel Hathaway was charged with possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

The 46-year-old appeared in the dock at Ipswich District Court on Friday to plead guilty to the charges.

The offences were uncovered after his computer was seized during a search at his home, which followed an investigation by the Crime and Misconduct Commission

Judge Deborah Richards said 58% of the videos fell into the worst category of child pornography and included children as young as four years old.

The possession of the material took place from November 18, 2013 to April 8, 2014.

Judge Richards noted that Hathaway had no criminal history and had made full admissions about his offending.

A psychological report revealed he had undergone 15 sessions of counselling so he could gain insight into his behaviour.

However, Judge Richards said Hathaway's offence was so serious that a term of imprisonment was necessary.

"The accessing of this material provides a market for people to abuse children and record the abuse of those children for other's enjoyment," she said.

"General deterrence is very important in these cases as they are difficult offences to detect."

Hathaway was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended after six months.

He was also put on a $2000 good behaviour bond for three years.

 


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