Child Porn Charges – Recognisance and Suspended Sentence

Our client was man in his late 50s with no prior convictions. He possessed more than 7000 images and videos (combined) of child pornography including category 5 images (worst category) and child abuse material. He also used chat room to access child porn from overseas and was detected by Interpol.

We represented the client at the Melbourne County Court.

We were able to obtain psychological and other medical material that enabled submissions to be made in relation to the importance of treatment and inappropriateness of an immediate jail term despite the serious nature of the offending. We were also able to argue that our client’s cognitive impairment (significant depression and drug and alcohol use) clouded his judgement during the offending period, and that the community would be better served by our client’s long-term treatment than immediate incarceration.

For the first charge, the Court ultimately imposed a recognisance to be of good behaviour for 2 years with special conditions. For the second charge, our client received a sentence of 10 months imprisonment to be wholly suspended for 2 years. He was placed on the Sex Offenders Registry for the mandatory minimum period.

 


DISCLAIMER: This is a real case study of an actual case from our files. Details pertaining to the client have been changed to protect their privacy. The sentence imposed and the charge have not been altered. These case studies are published to demonstrate real outcomes and give an indication of possible tariffs in Court. We do not guarantee a similar case on these charges will get the same result. Please note that we post results at our discretion, therefore while many case studies are average results, others are notable for their exceptional outcomes. PUBLISHED 25/02/2013