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Convicted child porn maker's lie in church application

A ROCKHAMPTON man convicted of indecent treatment of a child tried to become a volunteer at a local church.

Brett Anthony Jones, 56, applied to be a volunteer at a Rockhampton church in April 2018 but failed to disclose in his application that he was disqualified from obtaining a Blue Card which allows people to work with children.

He was disqualified due to his convictions for indecent treatment of a child and producing child porn in 2015 and possessing child porn in 2016.

Jones was convicted of 39 charges in Mt Isa District Court, including one of indecent treatment of a child, in November 2015 and received a one-year prison term.

He was working as a caravan park grounds keeper in north Queensland when he hid in a shower cubicle, slid his phone under the door, and took photographs of women and child.

In December 2016, Jones was convicted of four child porn possession charges in the Rockhampton District Court and received a nine-month jail term, immediately suspended and 18-month operational period, served concurrently with the 2015 sentence.

Jones pleaded guilty in Rockhampton Magistrates Court on Tuesday to a charge of failing to disclose the disqualification .

Defence lawyer Wynnita Ludwick said Jones attended a group session at the church about volunteering and was given a form to fill out.

"It's a bit of a tick and flick situation," she said.

Ms Ludwick said she experienced a similar application process at her own church.

She said Jones did not read the form thoroughly and didn't realise what he was meant to declare the disqualification.

Police prosecutor Helen Lane said the supervisor ticked the box on the form declaring they had explained the relevant section where applicants had to declare if they were legally not allowed to work with children.

Magistrate Jeff Clarke said people with such convictions needed strong deterrence from failing to disclose their disqualification.

He ordered Jones to a three-month prison term, wholly suspended and operational for a year.

Mr Clarke also ordered Jones be resentenced in the District Court for breaching the past sentences.

Ms Ludwick said Jones had been asked to leave the church after the charges were laid.



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