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Man gets jail term for porn images



DESCRIBED by his defence as socially isolated and lacking maturity Daniel Brian Gomersall amassed more than 23,000 images of child pornography over two years.

Yesterday he paid for the crime with a three-month prison sentence after pleading guilty in Rockhampton District Court to copying and possessing child abuse images and videos.

Prosecutor Justin Whalley said police raided the former IT contractor's North Rockhampton home in September 2004 seizing 17 computer disks and two hard drives.

The disks and computers contained in excess of 23,000 images and 250 video files of child pornography.

Most images depicted girls as young as five exposing themselves and posing naked or partially clothed.

However some of the more sinister files include young girls involved in sexual acts with other children or adult males.

Mr Whalley said when questioned by police Gomersall admitted he "preferred downloading pictures of girls that didn't show any signs of development.''

Gomersall also told them he copied the files on to CDs so he would have back-ups if his computer failed.

He said he gained access to the images by joining pornographic websites and paying for images with a credit card.

But defence barrister Jeff Clarke appealed for Gommersall's sentence to be suspended arguing he hadn't tried to distribute the images and wasn't involved in a file sharing ring.

And he emphasised that there was no suggestion his client had been involved in child abuse himself.

Mr Clarke said since his arrest Gomersall had been attending regular counselling sessions with a Brisbane psychiatrist at his own expense.

He said while his client had not been diagnosed with any specific mental condition his psychiatric assessments had noted he was lacking the maturity of men his age and was socially issolated.

Judge Grant Britton rejected Mr Clarke's submission to suspend Gomersall's sentence ruling a term of imprisonment was required to reflect the serious nature of the offence.

Once released, Judge Britton ordered he be placed on probation and continue counselling.



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