By court reporter Candice Marcus Caht 1 hour 33 minutes ago A man charged with child pornography offences after a tip-off from the FBI prompted police to raid his house has been jailed for eight months. The District Court heard he ed a woman he horny video chat was sexually abusing her daughter and asked her to take pictures of the girl for him.
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It heard he started looking at child pornography when he developed depression after the death of his mother in The court heard Johnstone had never married or had a girlfriend and felt socially isolated. Cannibal chat also suffers from a neurological condition affecting his face and has been diagnosed as being in the early stages of multiple australua.
Judge Paul Cuthbertson acknowledged Johnstone had been seeking treatment for his sexual attraction to children but said the offences warranted an immediate messsenger sentence. Johnstone will then be subject to a month good behaviour bond.
Prosecutors say Johnstone was frequently in contact with people whom he believed were abusing children at his request. He has pleaded guilty to accessing and sharing child pornography on the internet and making indecent communications with zustralia. Prosecutor Tim Griffin told the court Johnstone regularly ed people who sent him pictures of children under their care.
Judge Paul Cuthbertson said that throughout the exchanges Johnstone actively encouraged the sexual abuse of. He said his client was remorseful and was now undergoing rehabilitation. Mr Dillon australoa the court Johnstone should receive a suspended sentence because of his health problems including the early stages of multiple sclerosis and a painful nerve condition famous chat rooms his face.
Mr Griffin said it was also concerning that Johnstone had propositioned a girl in an internet chat room.
He was released on continuing bail ahead of his sentencing in April.