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Bus driver jailed for child porn

A SCHOOL bus driver found with 11 child pornography videos has been jailed for 12 months.

Raymond Donald Jay, 36, formerly of Anderson St, Avenell Heights, was yesterday convicted by a jury of eight women and four men after a three-day trial in Bundaberg District Court.

It took the jury less than a day to return the guilty verdict.

The court was told during the trial that the videos had been found by police on a USB stick in a safe in August 2009, and that only Jay knew the combination of the safe.

His de facto partner held the only other key, which had gone missing from her key ring.

During his sentencing remarks, Judge John Robertson said even though there were no victims who testified in court, the offence was still "evil".

"The films you viewed are of actual children who are abused in some part of the world, sometimes unfortunately even Australia," he said.

Judge Robertson said the court had heard that two of the videos showed children crying and resisting, while a third involved a bondage scenario.

He said the children involved in the videos were aged between 7 and 15.

"These are truly appalling activities, which seem to be on the increase," he said.

The judge said it had not been disputed that the videos were described as category four child pornography material, on a scale of one to five with five as the worst.

Judge Robertson said Jay had shown a lack of remorse when he instructed his barrister to put to his step-daughter the scenario that she had downloaded the videos in order to frame him - a claim the judge said he thought lacked evidence.

In sentencing, he said he took into account Jay's previously unblemished record and the fact he would no longer be able to work with children.

Defence barrister John McInnes said Jay had suffered public humiliation after media reports of the court case.

"Because of his position as a school bus driver, he had a number of people call asking if he was the person involved," he said.

Mr McInnes said Jay had also lost his job as a school bus driver.


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