US man defends child porn collection by claiming to identify as eight-year-old girl


A US man convicted after dozens of child pornography images were found on his computer has tried to justify his offences by saying he identifies as an eight-year-old girl.

Michigan man Joseph Gobrick, 45, has been sentenced to between 10 and 20 years in jail over three counts of child sex abuse, after investigators found child pornography material on his home computer.

During sentencing, Gobrick said he identified as an eight-year-old girl, according to US news site 13 On Your Side, and argued the images were computer-animated and protected under the US First Amendment.

“I’ve always been an eight-year-old girl,’’ Gobrick said in court.

“And even my drawings and fantasies, I am always an eight-year-old girl.’’

Police revealed eight child victims were identified in the pornographic material recovered from Gobrick’s computer.

Court records also revealed some of the images showed infants and children aged up to about five being sexually assaulted.

Danger to public

Prosecutor Daniel Helmer said Gobrick was a danger to the public.

“Even during the trial, the defendant continued to draw, talking about raping babies in the Kent County Jail and making other statements about how this is his constitutional right to continue to do so," Helmer said.

Kent County Judge Paul Denenfeld said: "Based on everything he’s said and done, including bragging about what he was drawing in his cell, he obviously doesn’t think child sexually abusive material is wrong.

“This isn’t just virtual stuff; this is also real people being harmed.’’

Argument

During the trial, Gobrick fired his court-appointed attorney and decided to represent himself.

He said the images found on his computer were created using an image manipulating program.

Gobrick also claimed the images were protected under the First Amendment.

He was found guilty on three counts of child sexually abusive commercial activity and using a computer to commit a crime.

At the sentencing, Gobrick tried to prove his innocence by challenging the legality of his crime.

While in court, the offender also likened his sentence to Auschwitz.

“Under the law, Auschwitz was legal,’’ Gobrick said.

He appears to have referenced the Nazi concentration camp in Poland, which killed at least one million Jewish people between 1940-1945.

“What you’re doing here is wrong, just as Auschwitz was.’’

In 2017, Gobrick was arrested in New York after a 17-year-old girl was listed as missing and later found at his home.

On the back of that investigation, Gobrick's child pornography images were discovered on his computer.

 

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