LAUNCESTON) Supreme Court Report: A man who cannot be named for legal reasons, was charged with using a carriage service to access child pornography, possessing child abuse material, soliciting child exploitation material and the production of child exploitation material #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Mar.25: The Launceston Supreme Court heard the offending occurred between 2010 and 2020, and involved the man viewing and downloading thousands of graphic videos and images of underage teenagers and children, some still in their infancy.

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Warning this story contains graphic details which may distress some readers

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said more than 35,000 files were found, including images and videos containing horrific child exploitation content.

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Exterior of historic Launceston Supreme Court building.
The man was sentenced in the Launceston Supreme Court.(Chook Brooks: ABC News)

Details of some of the videos were described in open court, to which Justice Robert Pearce said they were some of the worst cases he had seen.

One video the man downloaded was described in great detail and involved a baby being raped and then dying as a result of the injuries.

Justice Pearce said the abuse involved hundreds of victims, some of whom may never recover from what they had endured.

“The material involves some of the most depraved and vile acts involving babies through to prepubescent girls … it’s appalling cruelty and torture,” he said.

The man’s house was raided a number of times, with hard-drives, cameras and phones seized.

About 15,000 bestiality products were also found.

“Child abuse puts every child at risk … they’re real victims,” Justice Pearce said.

The court heard he shared explicit photos to an encrypted online chat group where he also received a significant amount of content from other users.

It was through this online account that authorities became aware of his offending.

Distressing work for investigators

AFP Commander Todd Hunter said it was distressing work for the Tasmanian Joint-Anti Child Exploitation Team (JACET) to comb through the evidence.

“Let me speak plainly – this offending was of the highest and most distressing level,” he said.

“We are all charged with keeping vulnerable children safe from harm – and rest assured the AFP and its partners are committed to tirelessly pursuing and prosecuting anyone who seeks to cruelly and deliberately offend against innocent children.

“We remain committed to bringing offenders to account before the courts.”

The man will be eligible to apply for parole after serving three years.

Members of the public who have any information about people involved in child abuse and exploitation are urged to call Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

A report can also be made online by alerting the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Mar.25: 2021:

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