Mount Morgan man jailed over child-sex photos

MATTHEW Simpkins was caught out after he surfed the internet for child pornography at a Central Queensland motel.

The Mount Morgan man, 37, appeared in Rockhampton District Court yesterday charged with one count of possessing child exploitation material after police raided his home in 2009 and found 19 images of child pornography on a CD at his parents' house.

Judge Patricia Wolfe told the court Simpkins was found out when police tracked his online activity to the motel.

Judge Wolfe said police raided his home and found 20 CDs containing about 13,000 pornography images.

Nineteen were of children, some as young as eight, exposed in a sexual manner.

Simpkins went on trial in December 2012 after he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

However on day two of the trial, during a short break, Simpkins told his lawyer he wanted to change his plea to guilty.

The court heard yesterday that, at the time of his early plea, Simpkins was scared of going to jail.

When Judge Wolfe told the court her verdict, Simpkins' mother sobbed at the back of the court.

Simpkins was sentenced to six months in prison. He will be eligible for parole after six weeks.



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