A Queensland man found in possession of almost 90,000 child abuse images while trying to board a flight from Brisbane Airport has managed to escape jail time.
The then 69-year-old man was busted by Australian Border Force officers in May 2018, after he attempted to depart Brisbane for a holiday in Italy with his partner.
After being selected for a baggage inspection, officers allegedly uncovered a USB device containing 184 CAM* images, while a further 88,249 CAM images were found on the man’s laptop.
The Brisbane man was arrested and charged with attempted export of Tier 2 goods, while the matter was referred to Queensland Police for further investigation.
Following further inquiries, the man appeared in the Brisbane District Court on June 23, where he entered a guilty plea for one count of attempted export of tier 2 good, two counts of using a carriage service for child abuse material and two counts of knowingly possess child abuse material.
The man was convicted and sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, fully suspended, with a two-year good behaviour bond and a $1000 recognisance.
The maximum penalty for the import or export of child abuse material is 10 years imprisonment and or a fine of up to $525,000.
* CAM - Child Abuse Material (Definition added by CPP)