‘Computer shop owner’ found guilty of selling child pornography
A computer shop owner has been found guilty in Australia of selling indecent images of children to two teenage boys and was sentenced to a year in prison.
Key points:The man, who pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography, was charged with two counts of promoting sexual activity with a child and distributing child pornographyTwo of the boys have now pleaded guiltyThey were found to have uploaded child porn to their computersMr O’Keefe pleaded guilty in April after a three-week trial.
The court heard the man had been charged with one count of possessing child porn and the other for promoting sexual contact with a minor, and for distributing child porn.
The man’s lawyer, Andrew Williams, said the case was about protecting children.
“I think he was going to make a life out of it, he was making money out of these boys and the law was on his side,” he said.
“But the fact that he was found guilty is very unfortunate.”
This was an absolutely horrific offence.
“The court was told the offences occurred between September 2011 and August 2013.
Mr Williams said the offences were carried out in Melbourne’s south west.
He said the men were “lucky” they did not go to prison.”
They were lucky they didn’t get a whole lot of jail time, or even a plea bargain,” he told the court.”
It is absolutely outrageous that someone would do this.
“He is a very vulnerable young person and he is a victim of this crime.”
The victims of child pornography are vulnerable and they are not getting the support they deserve.”‘
It is very disappointing’The men who pleaded not guilty to the charges were aged between 13 and 17 at the time of the offences.
The trial heard the victims were first interviewed in August 2012 by police after they received a text from the man who was charged.
Police were then able to track down Mr O’Reilly, who had been living in a flat in the north west of Melbourne.”
Mr O. has been charged for two counts, and the offences he has pleaded guilty for are two counts each of promoting sex with a person under 16, and distributing a child pornography image,” Detective Inspector Brian Young told the jury.”
Two of those counts are for distributing a sexual image to a person who is over 16.
“Three of those count are for distribution to a 16-year-old girl.”
He said a police search warrant was conducted at the man’s house and an electronic surveillance system was used.
“A search warrant is a warrant that is issued by a court and that searches your premises, including the computers you are using,” Detective Young said.
The warrant was used to search Mr O’s computer and seized a total of 17 files containing child pornography.
The prosecutor said Mr O had sold and distributed images to the two boys and had also sent explicit text messages to one of them.
He also had sent explicit images to a 14-year old girl, who was not named in court, and he had sent inappropriate images to another 15-yearold girl.
“Those images were then uploaded to his computer,” Detective Senior Constable John Brown told the Court.
“These images are images of child sexual activity and that has been shown to have been viewed by children.”
He urged the jury to consider the potential for the man to be rehabilitated.
“If you are a person that has made a mistake, you cannot go on living with this shame, that you have been convicted, and it is not the end of the world,” he added.
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