Enforcement activities and convictions
- On 2 June 2012, CMC criminal paedophilia and computer forensics team members and officers from the Queensland Police Service Gladstone Criminal Investigation Branch executed a search warrant on a Gladstone address. A 39-year-old man residing at the address was charged with 3 counts of knowingly possessing child exploitation material, 1 count of utilising a carriage service to access child exploitation material, 2 counts of making child exploitation material available and 3 drug related offences. A forensic analysis by the CMC’s Forensic Computing Unit identified further evidence which was provided to the QPS for investigation. As a result, the QPS charged the man with 3 further offences, including 1 count of unlawful stalking, 1 count of observations or recordings in breach of privacy and another count of knowingly possessing child exploitation material.
On 20 September 2013, the man, now 41 years of age, appeared in the Gladstone District Court and pleaded guilty to the original offences. He was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment, to be suspended after nine months. On 25 September 2013, the man appeared in the Gladstone Magistrates Court and pleaded guilty to the additional charges. On the privacy offences, he was sentenced to 6 months imprisonment, fined $1500 and ordered to pay the complainant an additional $1500. He was sentenced to 3 months imprisonment for the additional charge. All sentences will be served concurrently. The man will be eligible for parole in March 2014.