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Ex council employee jailed for child porn addiction

Chris Ison

WARNING: This story contains content that could disturb some readers.

 

EVEN after police found thousands of child porn images and videos on his computer, David John Cox couldn't stop himself.

The former Rockhampton Regional Council project manager's addiction intensified.

Cox had downloaded more than 60,000 child pornography photos on his computer.

Some of those were adults having intercourse with babies, a court heard yesterday.

The 38-year-old pleaded guilty in the Rockhampton District Court to two counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography and two counts of possessing child exploitation material.

Judge Leanne Clare sentenced Cox to five years in prison after police found explicit material on four monitors and a computer tower at his Gracemere home.

Cox had his "sophisticated" technology system linked to a child pornography network.

Crown prosecutor Peter O'Connor said Cox had categorised all the images and videos stored on his computer into five levels based on how explicit they were.

Category five, described by Mr O'Connor, as containing the most graphic and gruesome images, contained photos of bestiality and sexual acts between children.

Police searched Mr Cox's Gracemere home in January 2011 and found the "elaborate" network system, which contained more than 7500 child exploitation images and 918 "category five" videos.

He was charged and released on bail.

Ten months after raiding Cox's home, police obtained another search warrant and seized Cox's computer after finding more child pornography material.

Defence lawyer Tom Polley told the court his client developed an "interest" in child pornography after the material "ended up on his computer".

He had been engaging in online child exploitation material for the past 10 years, the court heard.

Mr Polley said however that Cox only downloaded the material for his own viewing and didn't share the material.

Judge Clare said Cox was a respectable man in the community and had a good upbringing.

"No doubt your arrests and the knowledge of what you have done has been a heavy burden," Judge Clare said.

He will be released on parole on July 29, 2013.

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