A Victorian gamer who was found with nearly 30,000 “disturbing” images of child abuse material has been jailed for his crime.
Troy Hyman admitted in the County Court of Victoria to accessing and possessing child abuse material and child pornography on one occasion on March 2018.
The 37-year-old was jailed for 18 months and must serve at least nine months before he is eligible for parole.
The material ranged from “low-level” images to those with a “high degree of depravity”, including bestiality, Judge Sarah Dawes said on Tuesday.
Hyman was found with 29,746 videos and images of child abuse material when police raided his parents’ Lalor home in 2018 and seized laptops, phones and computer towers.
He searched terms like “jailbait” and “pre-teen” to find the shocking images.
The gamer was “socially awkward” and felt “alienation, loneliness and isolation” when he descended into searching for the shocking images, the court was told.
Despite admitting to having sexual fantasies about pubescent females, a mental health expert found Hyman was at low risk of reoffending.
He had also undertaken a sex offender’s treatment program while awaiting his sentence, pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity and co-operated with police about his crimes.
His family upbringing was normal and his mother and sister said he was “embarrassed and ashamed” by his behaviour.
Lawyers for the man argued he should avoid a jail term because of the extensive delay he faced but the judge disagreed.
Hyman was also put on the sex offender’s register for 15 years.