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Australian jailed for PNG child porn

May 6 2010 at 4:21 PM
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Paul David Ross jailed over pornographic photos taken of girls in Papua New Guinea

* by Mark Oberhardt
* From: The Courier-Mail
* May 06, 2010 1:19PM

AN accountant who was jailed today on international child sex charges was caught after former workmates found pornography on his office computer, a court heard.

Paul David Ross was working in Papua New Guinea when he took photographs of two girls, aged four and ten, who were sleeping with their genitals exposed.

The District Court in Brisbane heard Ross was facing charges under the same Australian laws which targetted sex tourism to Asia but it was not alleged his offences were in that category. However, it is believed to be the first case of its kind under internationals ex laws in Queensland.

The court heard when police began investigating Ross they uncovered further offences.

Ross, 42, pleaded guilty to four charges under Commonwealth law of two counts of sexual conduct involving a child under 16, importing child pornography and using a carriage service to access child pornography on various dates between August 2006 and July 2008.

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He also pleaded guilty to state offences of possessing child pornography.

In a schedule tendered to the court it was outlined how Ross was working at an accountancy firm in Maryborough, in Queensland's Wide Bay region, when he was made redundant.

While staff were cleaning up his office they found a USB computer storage device which was later found to contain child sex images.

Police were called and they discovered photographs of the two Papua New Guinea girls among other child pornography on other compact discs found at Ross's Maryborough home.

Ross admitted altering the clothing of one of the girls to expose her genitals and to photographing both girls.

The schedule showed Ross had admitted importing those photographs and others when he returned from PNG in 2007.

He also admitted receiving child pornography from an un-named source.

State police later raided Ross's new home at Roma, in western Queensland, and found 1312 pornographic images on discs.

Barrister Paul Smith, for Ross, said his client was genuinely remorseful, the offences against the two girls were at the lower end of the scale with no actual sexual contact and Ross had no previous convictions.

He said it was different to sex tourism charges where men travelled to Asia to have sex with underage girls.

Mr Smith said Ross had begun surfing the internet at night while living in PNG where Ross was part of a drinking culture.

He said Ross had psychiatric issues from his childhood but had sought assistance since being charged.

Judge Michael Rackemann said the offences provoked public revulsion and there had to be a deterrent.

He said, however, there were mitigating factors and Ross would need assistance to continue to address problems.

Judge Rackemann sentenced Ross to a three years jail with a release order after 12 months combined with two years of probation.

 
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