Internet image ruins career
SENDING an indecent image to a 13-year-old girl over the internet while posing as a 15-yearold boy has ruined a man's teaching career.
Scott Aaron Millers, 27, a hospitality worker of Rockhampton, pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court this week to one count of using the internet to expose a child aged under 16 to indecent matter and one count of possessing a child abuse computer game between April and December 2004, southern media reported.
The court heard Millers had been a teacher at a primary school in Goomeri, in SouthEast Queensland, when he took part in online chat sessions with 13-year-old "Rebecca'', who was in fact a police officer working undercover.
The court heard Millers posed as a school boy and traded pictures of motorcycles, singer/actor Hillary Duff and The Simpsons with Rebecca, but also asked her to send him pictures of her in her underwear.
He also sent Rebecca an indecent image of characters from TV show The Simpsons having sex, and once asked her to have sex but said he was just joking.
Defence barrister Ralph Devlin said Millers was extremely remorseful, was having weekly counselling sessions with a psychologist and on medication for depression.
He said there was never a suggestion any child at the school was harmed and Millers was not a community risk.
Millers was sentenced to 12 months' probation.
He is automatically excluded from teaching and will not be able to obtain a blue card.
Judge John McGill said Millers' actions were minor examples of the offences and he doubted whether most 13-yearold girls would have been offended by The Simpsons image if they had seen it.