Daniel Leslie Cooper is charged with possessing, soliciting and sharing child porn.
Daniel Leslie Cooper is charged with possessing, soliciting and sharing child porn.

Scout Leader shared baby porn, court hears

A "PREDATORY" Brisbane Scout Leader busted with hundreds of "hardcore" baby bondage images has admitted to police that he was exchanging the "sadistic" photos online, a court has heard.

Landscaper Daniel Leslie Cooper, 39, a father of one from Deception Bay, is facing 26 charges of possessing, soliciting and sharing child porn after he was arrested on November 18.

Queensland Police charged him after they were tipped off by the US National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and by Europol about child porn images he had allegedly been sharing via phone apps KIK and Telegram.

According to documents filed in court when he was released on Supreme Court bail on December 1, police allege Cooper was actively viewing, uploading and downloading "hardcore" and "sadistic" baby bondage while he had "access to children" as a "Venturer Scout Leader" at Deception Bay.

Police allege he confessed to exchanging child porn with "numerous users" via messaging apps on his phone, while they searched his home for evidence.

The court heard Cooper has been a Scout Leader at Deception Bay since October 2016 and has taken the kids on overnight trips.

He works as a structural landscaper for Glen Ayre Landscape and Maintenance.

When Justice Helen Bowskill released him on bail on December 1, she banned him from having unsupervised contact with kids aged under 16 - including his own daughter - and banned him from using the internet except for banking and business.

Prosecution solicitor Christa Nicola told the court in written submissions that photographs found on Cooper's phone, laptop and SD cards and "chat logs" of his online conversations showed Cooper had engaged in "predatory behaviour and an interest in young children".

Police have found 115 child porn chats on Coopers devices and expect to find more as their analysis of his devices continues, the court heard.

Police allege he exchanged depraved child porn via his Telegram account on October 3, telling another user "love your pics of babys (sic)".

Police allege he was a member of an online group called "Baby Group" which had 216 members, as well as other forums.

Police allege on July 4 Cooper told a user on Telegram that he likes children "young than" two years old, and on the following day police allege he chatted online with another user about "how often … they have sexually abused a child".



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