A former tax officer who filmed young girls around Adelaide has been jailed, claiming a man he met a supermarket led him into meth use.
An ATO worker who took indecent photos of young girls on the bus and at the beach has been jailed for more than two years.
Alan Leon Baden, 52, will spend at least the next 18 months in prison after District Court Judge Adam Kimber said the offending was too serious to suspend any sentence.
Baden was caught with more than 300 images and videos of child exploitation material, including some at the most serious range of offending.
The court heard that Baden had become addicted to methamphetamine, which led to him compulsively viewing pornography, seeking out “taboo” material and pretending to be a girl online.
Baden’s lawyer argued her client’s actions had been in part the result of his frequent methamphetamine use.
However Judge Kimber said he did not accept that argument.
“I reject the notion that drug use provides a complete explanation for your offending,” he said.
the offending came to light when a colleague found a USB at Baden’s ATO workplace.
On the device were dozens of images of child exploitation. The incident was reported to police who seized other devices including SD cards and computers from his home.
In total there were more than 300 images on the devices.
Also found were 10 photos of a pre-pubescent girl taken on January 8, 2019 at an Adelaide beach.
Other images taken that year included photos aimed up the skirts of young girls, some in school uniforms on public transport.
Judge Kimber said he was “guarded” about Baden’s prospects of rehabilitation.
“You sought to avoid responsibility and to defer blame,” he said.
During submissions the court heard that Baden had met a man at a local supermarket who introduced him to methamphetamine.
The man, who has since died, also had previous convictions for possessing child exploitation material.
Judge Kimber said that Baden was no longer blaming the friend for his crimes, but that the offending remained serious.
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Baden was sentenced to two years and 10 months in prison with a non-parole period of 18 months.
Judge Kimber said the offending was too serious to suspect or to allow Baden to spend it on home detention.