No time in prison for child porn

AN IPSWICH man's obsession with adult pornography led him into the seedy underworld of online child rape and torture.

Peter John Doherty, 57, was caught with 180 images of female infants and children being raped, tortured and forced into bestiality when police raided his home in July last year.

Ipswich District Court was told Doherty had a "breakdown" during 2007. He took time off work, and spent his time at home browsing the internet.

While downloading adult porn, which was his primary interest, Doherty stumbled across "unsafe sites" which led him to develop an interest in child porn.

When police seized his computer, officers discovered 180 child porn images among a plethora of adult porn.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick argued the images were on the "lighter end of the scale" and when caught, Doherty had purchased a new computer and was in the process of deleting all images from his old computer.

Mr Kissick said Doherty had an excellent work history, and there was little chance of him offending again.

The court heard Doherty was a valued member of the community and was already taking steps to rehabilitate himself.

Doherty was sentenced to 15 months' prison, released immediately, and entered into a $2000 recognisance for three years.

Judge Deborah Richards said child pornography was a "scourge worldwide" and difficult to detect, meaning police spent many hours investigating offenders.

Judge Richards said she was confident Doherty would not offend again, as his primary interest was adult porn.


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