Paramedic on child-porn trial

A QLD Ambulance Service paramedic will face trial in the Hervey Bay District Court charged with accessing child pornography.

John Patrick Hinder, 43, who worked as an intensive care paramedic in Bundaberg, did not enter a plea to the charge of using a carriage service for child exploitation material.

A number of pornographic images of children were allegedly found on Hinder’s laptop computer, which was seized when his Hervey Bay home was raided in July 12 last year.

Three police officers and a police forensic computer analyst gave evidence during yesterday’s committal proceedings in the Hervey Bay Magistrates Court.

Police from the Hervey Bay Child Protection Investigation Unit raided Hinder’s Urangan home after a national police taskforce provided information that his credit card had been used to access child pornography over the internet.

Police allegedly found 18 images on the laptop computer, which they found in Hinder’s bedroom, before sending it to Brisbane for a full forensic analysis.

Senior Constable Adam Quemard said officers also seized a brochure about an internet account but no other evidence was found at the home.

Police also executed search warrants on Hinder’s Bundaberg workplace and his boat.

Hinder told police his wallet had been stolen and his computer left unattended on several occasions.

“I looked on the system and there was a report his wallet had been stolen or located,” Snr Const. Quemard said but added that he could not recall when the complaint was made.

Hinder was suspended without pay from his ambulance position after the charges were laid.

He will face trial at a date to be set.



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