Rainbow Beach man jailed for owning 55,000 child porn images
A MAN who hoarded more than 55,000 child pornography images at his Rainbow Beach home will spend the next two years in jail.
Andrew Yeeles, 43, sat in silence in the Gympie District Court docks this week after pleading guilty to accessing, possessing and transmitting child exploitation material over a period of 11 months in 2013-14.
He was sentenced to four and a half years jail but will be eligible for parole in December 2017.
The court heard sickening details of his huge library of material, categorised by children's names and including horrific images that were of the worst nature. Child pornography images are classified on a scale of 1 to 6, 6 being the absolute worst.
Most of Yeeles' images fell into the lowest category of classification and depicted naked girls displaying themselves in sexually suggestive poses, the court heard.
But there were also a vast number of images classified as category two, depicting children engaged in sexual touching, and 148 images and videos that fell into categories four and five.
The material was found during a police search of Yeeles' Rainbow Beach unit in June last year.
The former security guard and unmarried man lived on his own, and accessed the material from the internet, using an international image trading ring run through a Russian photo sharing website.
Judge B. Butler said the images in category four and five showed the "worst kind of perversion".
The Gympie Times has chosen not to describe these images.
They were stored on a laptop and five USB drives at Yeeles' home, and were used to trade to gain more images through various sites.
The court heard Yeeles transmitted more than 4000 images to 86 recipients over 10 months, making him an active participant in the child pornography market, Federal prosecutor Bill Ness said.
"He actively sought out those people and attempted to obtain specific files in his interest," Mr Ness said.
He said Yeeles was particularly interested in pre-pubescent girls between the age of 10 and 14 and told police he would drink and then view the material two to three times a day while masturbating to it.
"Given the high amount of material and the numerous different children depicted, clearly a high number of children were exploited," Mr Ness said.
Judge Butler said the high number of files, totalling 55,185, indicated the diligence at which Yeeles went about gaining the collection.
"The nature of it indicates how abhorrent your behaviour was to any right-minded person in the community," he said.
"These are real children. Somewhere in the world these children have been victimised to satisfy your lustful interest.
"You furthered the degradation of children and furthered the industry that plays on children to other men."
The judge said while he took into account the man's co-operation with police and his early plea of guilty, he told Yeeles he intended to ensure he would receive the totality of punishment.
He sentenced the man to four and a half years jail, setting a parole eligibility date of December 27, 2017.