Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images

A 21-YEAR-OLD Coast man caught with more than 800 child porn images has told a court some of them dated back to when he was in Year 9 at school.

But Daniel John Blyth was 18 when he uploaded an image of two pre-pubescent girls sexually posing in a bath tub to Facebook as well as another website.

Senior legal officer Lara Soldi told Maroochydore District Court on Thursday that Blyth's actions on September 6, 2013, brought him to the attention of Taskforce Argos, a police division dedicated to catching those who exploit children.

Police searched Blyth's home on August 6, 2014, seizing a computer system and iPad.

Ms Soldi said Blyth was interviewed and made full admissions to what he had done; alerting officers to the fact that he had uploaded the image to the other website nearly a year earlier.

She said 844 images of girls estimated to be between 11 and 16 years old were uncovered, the vast majority of which were deemed to be in the least serious category of image.

However there were 73 category four images and eight images deemed to be in category five, which is considered to be among the worst.

Ms Soldi said Blyth told officers he had been sexually aroused by the images but that was no longer the case.

"The children who are exploited and corrupted in the creation of this material are the ultimate victims," Ms Soldi said.

Defence barrister Catherine Cuthbert tendered a forensic psychologist's report which detailed significant steps Blyth had taken to rehabilitate himself.

It also found he spent excessive time on internet gaming.

Ms Cuthbert said her client was working part time at Big W and was hoping to gain full time hours.

"He has undertaken significant steps into rehabilitation and developed some insight into why these matters are viewed seriously by the community," Ms Cuthbert said.

Judge Gary Long sentenced Blyth to six months in prison, wholly suspended for 18 months.

Blyth was also placed on a two-year probation order.



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