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Weekend detention for the ACT’s biggest child smut monger [With poll]

By johnboy 26 May 2011 53

The ABC informs us that former people’s hero, Acting Justice Neild, has handed down a year’s periodic detention to Michael Cooper, Canberra’s leading known collector of images of children being sexually abused.

Michael Cooper pleaded guilty of possessing a collection of child pornography amounting to almost 700,000 files, images and videos.

He also pleaded guilty to using the internet to access and publish child pornography.

In January 2010, police searched his Amaroo house acting on a tip-off from the FBI after the 53-year-old posted child porn onto a website.

The police seized eight computers, almost 700 computer disks and a number of hard drives.

In sentencing, Acting Justice John Nield said Cooper had become obsessed with collecting and seemed to regard it as a hobby like stamp collecting.

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SgtSlaughter 4:46 pm 03 Jun 11

I know I said I would ignore your drivel, because that is exactly what it is but I could not help myself, I am sure I will regret this but…

colourful sydney racing identity said :

As I previously pointed out, you claimed that you are a 501-C-3 tax exempt organization. There is no such thing under Australian law

BACA is an International organisation founded in the USA, it is tax exempt in that country, in Australia is a registered non-profit organisation and it’s charitable status is pending.

colourful sydney racing identity said :

It was like pulling teeth for you to comment on OMC’s dealing drugs – and when you did, you suggest that you would act, whereas I would call the police. Sounds a little vigilante and somewhat questionable to me.

I will stop anyone selling drugs to kids period on the SPOT, I have the courage of my convictions you, I would suspect do not. The main difference is I am prepared to put myself in harms ways to protect others.

colourful sydney racing identity said :

You claim that neither you, nor any member of BACA are ‘bikies’

Non of the members of BACA are BIKIES All member do ride bikes the organisation/organization is after all BIKERS Against Child Abuse

I am more than happy to meet you in person to show you that I am indeed a biker and explain the differences in our ways of thinking, you no doubt will be thinking I intend to do you harm or in some way intimidate you and that assessment would be way off the mark I can assure you. I have not now nor ever been involved in any illegality as it would preclude me from my chosen profession.

So if you wish to meet me and tell me in person why I nor anyone should help protect children and how I obviously am a Bikie respond in the affirmative and we’ll meet for coffee. Your call

averagejoeaussie 11:04 pm 01 Jun 11

Just another typical example of judjes utterly and completely out of touch with society’s standards and opinion……….

Mysteryman said :

Where is the option for “the man should be lynched”?
quote]

And there you go again, the champion of law and order, promoting breaking the law.

Watson 9:58 am 30 May 11

Silverdragon said :

elysium_au said :

Cut his balls off!

In this case, I am with you. Chemical castration at a minimum. What was with the Justice’s comment (heard on radio news) that he was “unlikely to re-offend”?? According to whom?

As the mother of a young child, I simply cannot conceive of what these children must go through to provide these perverts with their thrills. I hope there’s MUCH more to the sentence than just weekend detention – if there’s no mandatory psychological intervention, then this is manifestly inadequate and in NO way in line with community standards.

I’m confused. How does someone download and/or look at pictures with their balls?

But I do agree with the psychological intervention part…

Mothy 9:52 am 30 May 11

CSRI – Get back on topic, you can prosecute the biker/not a biker case in another thread if you like. Just you, a big stick, and whoever it is that might care.

Me, I’m concerned that a guy who collected images of child abuse as casually as one might collect stamps, who has no job and therefore hours to devote to his obsessions, and who lives in my suburb, only got weekend detention.

Your sterotypical “biker” can be recognized by sight by those patches you’re so obsessed by. This filth on the other hand, looks like a duck, talks like a duck, and walks like a duck, but is most certainly not a duck.

Is the ACT prosecutor intending to appeal the sentence? Will contacting an MLA/the attorney general to raise the weakness of this sentence achieve anything?

Mysteryman 9:51 am 30 May 11

Where is the option for “the man should be lynched”?

This is an absolute joke. Child porn is not a victimless crime. A sentence like this makes light of a very serious and harmful crime. I wonder how Justice Neild would feel if it were his child in those photos/videos?

Silverdragon 9:47 am 30 May 11

elysium_au said :

Cut his balls off!

In this case, I am with you. Chemical castration at a minimum. What was with the Justice’s comment (heard on radio news) that he was “unlikely to re-offend”?? According to whom?

As the mother of a young child, I simply cannot conceive of what these children must go through to provide these perverts with their thrills. I hope there’s MUCH more to the sentence than just weekend detention – if there’s no mandatory psychological intervention, then this is manifestly inadequate and in NO way in line with community standards.

SgtSlaughter said :

And finally if you respond with any more drivel I will simply ignore your comments

And I think I know why.

As I previously pointed out, you claimed that you are a 501-C-3 tax exempt organization. There is no such thing under Australian law (the clue is in the American spelling of ‘organization’). When questioned on this you have ignored it.

It was like pulling teeth for you to comment on OMC’s dealing drugs – and when you did, you suggest that you would act, whereas I would call the police. Sounds a little vigilante and somewhat questionable to me.

You claim that neither you, nor any member of BACA are ‘bikies’, yet, under your organsiations FAQ’s there is an explanation of the requirements to become a ‘full-patched’ member of this ‘club’. Sounds like a motorcycle club to me.

I have reviewed the ‘executive’ of your organisation in each state, lets take NSW as an example:
President GRASSHOPPER
Vice President NUDGE
Secretary MASTER
Treasurer PREACHER
These people ride motorcycles, are ‘full-patched’ members of a motorcycle club and according to your post, would dispense vigilante justice.

They sound a little like bikies to me.

But feel free to ignore my ‘drivel’.

Watson 10:48 am 28 May 11

I just don’t know enough about this to vote… Like, is collecting child pornography a stepping stone to abusing kids? It may seem logical to some that it is, but I haven’t seen the case-based evidence so have no idea. He may or may not pose a risk to society and I will have to trust that the experts will have given well-considered advice on how to manage any potential threat to the broader community by him being allowed to stay out of gaol.

But obviously collecting these types of images is supporting the abuse that allowed them to be created and distributed, so even without considering the risk of this guy being a risk to children himself, the sentence seems a bit light.

Lookout Smithers 2:09 am 28 May 11

Well if it was going to reduce child sexual abuse or erase child porn I would say lock him up for life. But it will actually not do any of those things and to be honest, you don’t have to be the owner of it or knowingly possess it to be charged. Its not the case here obviously but many examples have been through.

RichardWhereat 9:39 pm 27 May 11

How? How did this happen?

Our PM wants to hand over Assange (a guy who broke no laws) to the yanks for torture, but this PAEDOPHILE is given weekend detention for only a year.

HOW?

TheQueenOfHearts 9:07 pm 27 May 11

The Frots said :

TheQueenOfHearts said :

As a mother of a young child, i find this disturbing…
I was there yeserday when He had his sentence read out.(not for him, for someone else)
Neild stated the dude who committed the offence, lived alone had no family or friends and didnt work.
said he had mental health problems and if he was to serve fulltime in a custodial sentence he would be victim of taunts by other prisoners and have to be kept in protection his entire sentence.
12months pereodic detention and a good behaviour order for (ithink) 12 months in my opinion is quite weak.
I like Nields Style, but this was a bit of a “wtf moment”

Agree – pathetic.

By the way, how did your friend go today?

Like frig, The guy clearly did wrong and should be punised for his actions,
&
ajourned til another date….
Thanks for your concern 🙂

The Frots 8:26 pm 27 May 11

TheQueenOfHearts said :

As a mother of a young child, i find this disturbing…
I was there yeserday when He had his sentence read out.(not for him, for someone else)
Neild stated the dude who committed the offence, lived alone had no family or friends and didnt work.
said he had mental health problems and if he was to serve fulltime in a custodial sentence he would be victim of taunts by other prisoners and have to be kept in protection his entire sentence.
12months pereodic detention and a good behaviour order for (ithink) 12 months in my opinion is quite weak.
I like Nields Style, but this was a bit of a “wtf moment”

Agree – pathetic.

By the way, how did your friend go today?

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