A WA man who was busted with more than 110,000 child abuse pictures and videos he had collected over 20 years has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
Andrew Maxwell Wright, 42, pleaded guilty to possessing and unintentionally distributing child exploitation material online through the peer-to-peer file sharing system BitTorrent in August last year.
The images included horrific sexual abuse of children and bestiality, the WA District Court heard on Thursday.
Judge Gillian Braddock noted Wright had a longstanding interest in child exploitation material, particularly girls or post-pubescent adolescents and bestiality.
“The children who are filmed, whether it be posing in a provocative manner or being seriously offended against, are real children, real people with real lives who have been treated in an atrocious way that may affect them adversely for the rest of their lives,” she said.
“Some of the children that were in your collection will have been effectively sold into sexual slavery.
“When you’re sitting in your room by yourself looking at something online, people might think that they’re not doing any harm.
“But they are doing harm because of the interest in the material that causes people to make it, and that causes children to be treated like this.”
The court heard Wright had been on a disability pension since he was 17 because he suffered from schizoaffective disorder.
He also has an obsessive compulsive disorder, which the judge said meant Wright’s online habits quickly became compulsive and he hoarded the images.
The amount of exploitation material was therefore not considered an aggravating factor in this case, as it usually would.
Wright will be eligible for parole after serving seven-and-a-half-months behind bars.