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Raid nets child porn collection

Edwin Moffatt will be sentenced today for possessing child pornography.
Edwin Moffatt will be sentenced today for possessing child pornography.

BREAKING: Child porn offender Edwin Moffat, 64, was this morning sentenced to 18 months jail to be released after three months.

He had pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay to using the internet to access child pornography.

Moffatt was caught with 1640 child pornography files on his computer at his Mackay home in an Australian Federal Police raid.

They also found copies of images on a memory stick at Moranbah, where Moffatt worked.

 

EARLIER: Edwin Moffatt had 1640 files of child pornography on his computer when Australian Federal Police raided his Mackay house.

Officers then went to Moranbah, where Moffatt worked, and found copies of the images on a memory stick.

The 64-year-old admitted that he had been collecting the images for several years.

He pleaded guilty in the District Court in Mackay yesterday to using the internet to access child pornography.

Moffatt had a previous conviction in November, 2002, in Innisfail, for indecent treatment of a child, Commonwealth Crown prosecutor Amy Knott said.

He was jailed for 12 months, which was later reduced to six months on appeal, she said.

Moffat was arrested in Mackay in September last year after AFP received a tip off from Interpol.

Of the 1640 files in his possession, 10 were videos.

Ms Knott said the possession of child pornography was not a victimless crime as it exploited children somewhere in the world.

"The children involved in these files can not protect themselves," she said.

Defence barrister Greg Walsh, for Moffatt, said Moffatt was sexually abused as a child, and since his arrest he has been undertaking rehabilitation with experts in the field.

"He accepts unreservedly that people like him, who access vile pornography, are contributing to the exploitation of children," Mr Walsh said.

The Crown asked for a sentence of 18 to 24 months.

The defence said the sentence should be about 15 months, with release after serving one-third of the sentence.

Judge Julie Dick, SC, adjourned sentencing until today and granted Moffatt overnight bail.

Topics:  child pornography, mackay district court, police


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