Former Northern Territory police officer jailed for possessing child abuse material

The former officer, whose name has been suppressed, was last month found guilty of nine counts of possessing child abuse material.

The Northern Territory Supreme Court has heard that the former policeman worked in the computer crime unit, analysing ifCOMPUTERS contained child abuse material.

In sentencing, Justice Judith Kelly said the accused had accessed the material duringWORK hours, sometimes on the weekends and on public holidays.

“You had the practice of staying back till all the other officers had left the unit, or leaving then returning, and of coming in at night and on weekends and on public holidays to access child abuse material, which you viewed in private,” she said.

Justice Kelly told the court the accused had no legitimate reason connected with police reasons for doing so and did not accept his evidence that he had accessed the material for education purposes.

“The production of this material involves theEXPLOITATION and abuse of children and causes them lifelong harm… it ruins lives,” she said.

“You abused (your) position of trust as aPOLICE officer to gain access to this highly offensive material.”

Justice Kelly also said the officer did not show any remorse and he had not accepted responsibility for his actions.

The court heard the former police officer had also served in Iraq with the Army and was in a light armoured vehicle that was hit by enemy fire.

He is already in prison serving three years’ jail for two counts of indecent dealings with a child under 16.

At the end of sentencing, a woman in the courtroom was heard to say: “Don’t think you’ve got away with what you did,” and “He’s coming for you”.