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Wife's card used to buy child porn

A BUNDABERG man who used his wife's credit card to access thousands of child pornography images has been sent to prison.

Steven Issac Zander was caught with almost 6000 child exploitation images on his computer during a police investigation in May last year.

The 32-year-old was found to have almost 45,000 images of children being exploited, with most of those turning out to be copies of 5829 separate images.

Zander yesterday pleaded guilty in Bundaberg District Court to possessing child exploitation material from September 2009 to May 2010, as well as a count of wilful damage dating back to 2005.

Prosecutor Ken Spinaze told the court that, of the five categories of child exploitation material, the majority of the images fell in the least serious category one.

But Mr Spinaze said there were still a significant number of "concerning images" in category four - the second-most serious category in child pornography classification.

"There were 102 unique images in category four," he said.

"He was using his wife's credit card to access these websites."

Defence barrister Harry Fong said Zander was sexually abused as a boy and had a troubling upbringing.

Judge Michael Rackemann said the wilful damage charge related to Zander punching a car bonnet in 2005 when he was drunk.

Judge Rackemann sentenced him to three years probation for the wilful damage offence.

The judge said Zander's interest in the child exploitation material and the fact he had paid for the images only helped the "evil industry" of child pornography.

"Your interest in such material creates the market, which then leads to the exploitation of children," Judge Rackemann said.

He said Zander had in his possession pictures of men engaging in sexual acts with children as young as eight years old.

The judge took into account a psychological report, which detailed Zander's "long-standing mental health issues".

Zander was sentenced to 15 months jail, to be wholly suspended after serving 10 weeks in prison.



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