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Appeal of child porn sentence rejected

A collector of pornography became obsessed with downloading an enormous number of internet images, including child exploitation material, a court has been told.
Police raided Darryl James Hickey's home and seized 14 hard-drives.
Nine hard-drives contained child exploitation material, including 552 videos, with the majority in the worst category.
In the District Court in Brisbane, Hickey, 51, admitted possessing child exploitation material on September 2, 2009. He told police he had an obsession or compulsion about downloading pornography in large quantities through file-sharing programs.
He had an enormous collection of which about 1 per cent was child exploitation material.
Hickey was jailed for 18 months to be suspended after six months. His appeal against the severity of his sentence was unanimously dismissed by the Court of Appeal this week.


www.couriermail.com.au (29-12-2011)
http://www.couriermail.com.au/ipad/appeal-of-child-porn-sentence-rejected/story-fn6ck51p-1226232133960




Kiddie porn collector 'deserved sentence', appeals decides

A pornography collector obsessed with downloading an enormous amount of material from the internet was jailed for possessing one per cent of the images.
The subsequent appeal decision this week is expected to set a benchmark for those who have both adult pornography and child exploitation material.
Police raided Darryl James Hickey's home and seized 14 hard drives which contained a large amount of adult pornography, which is legal.
However, nine of the hard drives contained child exploitation material including 552 videos, with the majority in the worst category.
In the District Court in Brisbane on September 2, 2009, Hickey, 51, pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material.
Hickey told police he had an obsession or compulsion about downloading pornography in large quantities through file sharing programs.
He had an enormous collection of pornography of which about one per cent was child exploitation material.
Hickey was jailed for 18 months to be suspended after six months.
He appealed his sentence as being manifestly excessive but in an unanimous judgment the Court of Appeal this week dismissed his appeal.
The Court of Appeal's President Margaret McMurdo said it was a heavy sentence for a mature man with no previous criminal history but it was not manifestly excessive.
Justice Debbie Mullins noted over 80 per cent of Hickey's videos fell into the worst category involving adult penetration of children or sadism.
The category of the material was important in sentencing.
She said it was not unusual for mature offenders who pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation to have no previous criminal history.


www.couriermail.com.au (28-12-2011)
Mark Oberhardt
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/kiddie-porn-collector-deserved-sentence-appeals-decides/story-e6freoof-1226231754889


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