Kid porn 'addict' had 3000 photos

A SELF-DESCRIBED child porn addict and "boy lover" will spend the next nine months behind bars after admitting to possessing more than 3000 child porn images and 90 videos.

Clifford John Byrne, 50, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Supreme Court yesterday to three counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography, one count of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography, and possessing child pornography.

Prosecutor Jessica Williams said police raided Byrne's Walkervale home in September 2010 and found 3246 child pornography images and 94 videos depicting child porn on a computer tower, external hard drive and 32 CDs.

Ms Williams said the images had been downloaded between March 2005 and August 2010.

The court was told the images contained pictures of children, mostly boys, aged between three and 15 - either naked or engaged in sex acts, including bondage-type activities.

"(Byrne) describes himself as a 'boy lover'," Ms Williams said.

"He said he does not want to do anything with them."

Ms Williams said 64 images were sent onto other parties using the peer-to-peer file sharing facilities in Yahoo Messenger.

The court heard of those 64 images, 13 were categorised in the two most exploitative categories.

Byrne was convicted in 2006 of possessing about 11,000 child pornography images.

Defence lawyer Jakub Lodziack said the defendant had been trying to seek help for his problem, but had difficulties finding a counsellor who would help.

Mr Lodziack said Byrne had found one counsellor who was willing to help him, but he had to stop going because he could not afford to get to the appointments in Hervey Bay.

"My client instructs that he has been diagnosed with depression and suffered from suicidal thoughts since being charged," he said.

Mr Lodziack said Byrne claimed he had not viewed child porn since his latest arrest.

Justice Duncan McMeekin sentenced Byrne to 27 months imprisonment, to be released after nine months.

Justice McMeekin ordered Byrne serve 24 months on probation after being released.

Byrne will also be subject to a suspended sentence for two years after his release.



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