Possession of Child Pornography – Good Behaviour Bond

This is a case study involving a charge of Possession of Child Pornography that resulted in a sentence of adjourned undertaking. Please note that this case had occurred at a time when the offence was still in effect in Victoria. It has since been replaced with the offence of Possession of Child Abuse Material.

What is alleged to have occured?
Our client pleaded guilty to possessing 1,900 images of child pornography contained on an external hard drive in the family home. The vast majority of these images were considered to fall into the lowest category of seriousness.

It must be noted that the client had no priors, showed remorse, and engaged with a clinical psychologist for a period of 8 weeks prior to the hearing. He also had a report from a forensic psychiatrist that placed him at a low level of risk of re-offending.

What happened at court?
Our expert sexual offence lawyers represented the client at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for the Possession of Child Pornography charges.

What was the result?
For the Possession of Child Pornography charges, our client was released on an adjourned undertaking to be of good behaviour for a period of 2 years and 6 months. This sentence came with special conditions such as that he continues attending upon the clinical psychologist as directed and that he makes a contribution to the Court fund.

The client was also placed on the Sex Offenders Register with a reporting period of 8 years. Forfeiture of the USB drive was eventually ordered.
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