Computer porn earns $2500 fine

By DARRYN NUFER

A YEPPOON man caught with more than 100 child pornography images was yesterday fined $2500.

The images included children, some as young as five, engaged in sex acts, the Rockhampton Magis- trates Court was told.

Andrew Graham Watts, 35, pleaded guilty to possessing ob- jectionable computer games.

Police prosecutor Constable Calvin Gnech said police had found the images on an open lap- top computer during a search of Watts's Yeppoon residence.

The computer was forwarded to an examination unit in Brisbane and a total of 11,000 pornographic images were found.

"More than 100 depicted young children under 16,'' Constable Gnech said.

Watts's solicitor, Alan Grant, said the computer had belonged to his client's brother.

Watts had taken up an intro- ductory one-month internet con- nection trial, he said.

Mr Grant said Watts suffered from bipolar disorder, which af- fected a person's judgment.

"More importantly they (suffer- ers) don't think through the con- sequences of their actions,'' Mr Grant said.

Magistrate Bronwyn Springer said the offence was serious as children were vulnerable people within the community and should not be violated, including by "consumers''.

A conviction was recorded.



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