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Computer goes in for maintenance, 1000 child porn pics found

CURIOSITY kills cats as the old saying goes.

And it certainly didn't do Rockhampton man Steven Donald Waugh any favours after he was caught with almost 1000 child pornography images on his computer.

Yesterday in the Rockhampton District Court, Waugh (52) pleaded guilty to one charge of possessing child pornography after eplicit photos and videos were discovered on his device last year.

Crown Prosecutor Russell Hood said last year on June 3, Waugh took his Dell desktop computer to Wade Hunt Information Technology in North Rockhampton for maintenance. While staff members were working on the computer, an employee found child pornography in a file named "Steve".

The computer was sent to the Electronic Evidence Examination Unit so the team could "categorise" the material. A total of 81 category one movies were found on the computer.

According to court documents, the category one movies showed children in explicitly unreasonable positions, but they were not taking part in sexual activities. Further finds showed Waugh had on his computer 905 category five images, some of which were very graphic.

Defence solicitor Allan Grant said his client had downloaded the material about two years ago simply because he was "curious to see what people were talking about" when it came to child pornography.

He also said Waugh watched the videos but was put-off by the material.

Judge Paul Smith reserved his sentencing remarks and order. He adjourned the matter to 9am on August 29.

Topics:  child pornography, computer, rockhampton district court



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