Police officer father used daughter as 'sexual currency'

A SERVING Queensland police officer sent indecent photographs of his daughter to a women he met on an online dating service as "sexual currency".

The woman was disgusted by the naked photos of the seven-year-old girl and reported him, leading to an Ethical Standards Command investigation.

But the 39-year-old Brisbane man, who cannot be named to protect his daughter's identity, resigned before ESD could take any disciplinary action.

Crown prosecutor Julie Aylward told Brisbane District Court it was  "appalling" for a father to treat his child this way.

"It's clear from the photo that it is indecent," she said.

"He must have seen it as some sort of sexual currency with this woman.

"It comes after three months of looking at child exploitation material on his phone.

"He's the father of the child. He's meant to protect her, not exploit her."

Ms Aylward said being a police officer further aggravated the offending and could sadly taint the good work other officers did in this area.

"To have one of them offending in this manner is a significant breach of the trust placed in him," he said.

Ms Aylward said the man had claimed he was searching naturalist photos when he stumbled across photos of children on his phone.

But she said he used search terms such as "images sweet young" and "images kids" which meant it was not "accidental".

Defence barrister Troy Schmidt said his client had been to nine psychologist appointments since the offending.

He said the former officer's wife was in court to support her husband as they worked through their marriage.

Judge Julie Dick accepted the child pornography downloads were not an accident and found it "disturbing" the man did not know what was wrong with the image he sent of his child.

She said the man was "egocentric", obsessed with physique and displayed a lack of empathy for what he did to his daughter.

Judge Dick said it was disturbing this man had invited a woman on an online dating site to meet his children and then thought it was okay to send this photos a few hours later.

She ordered the man to serve three months of a 15-month jail term.

He will be released on a two-year good behaviour bond under supervision from a probation officer.



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