GUILTY: Travis Liam Hornagold, 24, from Moranbah pleaded guilty to possessing and accessing child pornography, and three counts of failing to comply with sex offender reporting obligations.
GUILTY: Travis Liam Hornagold, 24, from Moranbah pleaded guilty to possessing and accessing child pornography, and three counts of failing to comply with sex offender reporting obligations. Daily Mercury

Pedophile free in face of alarming psyche report

A MORANBAH pedophile who secretly filmed dozens of boys as they used bathrooms in Brisbane is a free man, despite being convicted of new child pornography offences.

Travis Liam Hornagold - described in a psychologist's report as harbouring "very entrenched" and possibly lifelong "deviant sexual interests" - fronted Mackay District Court on Thursday.

The 24-year-old had spent 358 days locked up since his arrest.

Hornagold pleaded guilty to five charges, including possessing and accessing child pornography, and three counts of failing to comply with sex offender reporting obligations.

The offences occurred between January 1 and December 14 last year - while Hornagold was on a suspended sentence and probation for his actions in Brisbane in 2013.

Commonwealth prosecutor Chris Moore said police searched Hornagold's home and seized devices, including a desktop and laptop computer, on December 14 last year.

" ... the defendant had on a number of occasions conducted searches and visited websites related to child pornography material," he said.

"The defendant was also found in the possession of a quantity of material, that has been classified as child exploitation material.

"The majority is images and the majority is category 1 images. Generally depicting pre-pubescent and pubescent male children."

Category 1 depictions are described, under Queensland's 'Oliver scale', as including children nude, in underwear, in suggestive poses, explicitly focusing on genitals or involving urination.

Mr Moore added Hornagold was assessed as being of "low to medium risk of reoffending" at his previous case, in which he avoided any time behind bars.

In a new psychological report tendered on Thursday, Hornagold "relapse in offending" was said to be a result of "feelings of isolation, depression, boredom and his failure to implement a relapse prevention plan".

It was stated Hornagold "met the criteria for pedophilia" and ongoing supervision and treatment was needed.

Judge Julie Dick replied "probation didn't work last time", to which Mr Moore answered "no, your honour, but I think some sort of supervision is required".

Hornagold's reporting breaches involved a failure to inform authorities of an "internet connection, access to an email account and social media account", said Queensland prosecutor Ryder Reid.

Barrister Scott McLennan, instructed by Legal Aid Queensland, spoke on Hornagold's behalf during the hearing.

He said the psychological report detailed - "in spite of, obviously, my client relapsing in his offending conduct" - a "significant period" where Hornagold did not reoffend.

"That was a period of time where he was undergoing more intense treatment ... when he was living in Brisbane," he said.

Mr McLennan said the report indicated Hornagold would benefit from ongoing treatment.

"My ultimate submission is that your honour could impose a sentence which allows my client to be released immediately, given that he's served, essentially, a year imprisonment," he said.

Judge Dick said that would occur, "but he's going to be tied up in knots with the orders I'm going to impose".

"If he commits another offence it'll have dire consequences for him," she said.

Handing down her sentence, Judge Dick took into account an early plea, that "the majority of the images were Category 1, the lowest category" and that Hornagold "was only 23 when this happened".

"I've read the psychological report. It is alarming, in parts. You need to do a lot of work if you're not going to get caught for this sort of thing again," she said.

Judge Dick sentenced Hornagold to three years jail, with immediate release due to time served, and another 18 month jail term was suspended.

Hornagold was also placed on probation for two years, will need to pay $1000 if he's not of good behaviour for three years, and a suspended sentence linked to his prior case was extended a year.



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