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Man jailed over child porn

AN IPSWICH man was jailed for having child porn after his wife dobbed him in to police for the second time.

Simon Peter Steinfort's wife stumbled across his stash of child exploitation material saved on his computer on July 10 last year and rang the police, who raided his Ipswich home the next day.

But Ipswich District Court heard Steinfort's wife had previously also alerted the authorities 11 years ago when she uncovered his original stash.

In 1999, Steinfort received an intensive correction order – which means he did not serve any time behind bars – and the court was told at the time he did not have a sexual interest in the material and it was just “curiosity”.

Crown Prosecutor Jess Goldie said police discovered 12,764 images and videos of child pornography on Steinfort's computer towers last year.

Steinfort told police he was “bisexual and interested in young males in their early teens”.

Of images and videos found, only 883 were readily accessible as the others had been deleted or corrupted.

Ms Goldie said 397 of the images and videos included young boys aged between six and 16 engaging in graphic sexual activities with each other and adults and were in the second-worst category.

She said 97 images found on Steinfort's computer were considered in the worst category and involved sadism of young boys; 361 videos were also discovered.

Steinfort, 40, pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material.

He was sentenced to eight months' jail and will be on probation for three years after being released.

Defence barrister Peter Sloane said his client was still in a relationship with his wife.

Judge Sarah Bradley said Steinfort had to be jailed to send a message to the community that possessing child exploitation material would not be tolerated.

“There are real victims out there somewhere who have been the subject of these videos and images,” Judge Bradley said.

“Without people like you who consume the images or access the images then this horrific industry probably would not exist.”


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