Award-winning firefighter jailed over shocking child porn


A CFA volunteer firefighter awarded medals for battling Victoria's Black Saturday bushfires has been jailed over child pornography.

Andrew Harris admitted possessing child pornography and child abuse material after federal police raided his home in 2019.

They found hundreds of videos and images on an iPad at the Pakenham man's home and were alerted after he posted images on a Tumblr account.
A CFA volunteer has been jailed over child porn. (Getty)
"You watched children being abused for your own sexual gratification," she said.
More than 100 images and videos found on the iPad were categorised among the worst categories of offending and two involved acts of sadism or bestiality.
Harris volunteered with the CFA for 30 years and was a lieutenant at Pakenham until he resigned once charges were laid.
He was awarded the Australian National Medal and National Emergency Medal for his work battling the deadly Black Saturday fires in 2009.

Though Harris started treatment for his offending, a psychologist found there was limited insight into why he was doing it, Judge Hassan said.

He was jailed for six months and ordered to serve a two-year community corrections order.


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