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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.

1 year's weekend detention for child porn kingpin

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Weekend detention for the ACT’s biggest child smut monger [With poll]
Antagonist 9:34 pm 26 May 11

This sicko was accessing and publishing sick images. He wasn’t just jacking off over this stuff. I think the community expectation is a LOT more than 12 months periodic detention. Then again you barely get a slap on the wrist if you f#%$ a dog in Canberra.

Tooks 8:36 pm 26 May 11

gospeedygo said :

p1 said :

Do the polce

gospeedygo said :

Disks? What, the plastic things that hold 1.44mb a piece?

More likely Compact Disks or Hard Disks or Digital Versatile Disk.

Would have been a lot less confusing if they had of specified.

Those of us with common sense were able to figure that out without having it spelled out to us.

I-filed 7:44 pm 26 May 11

It’s not in the same ballpark, but still disturbing, that ABC TV saw fit to screen last night on Hungry Beast a lengthy segment featuring footage of a man creating graphic sex scenes between children’s soft toys. Unpleasant to watch and redolent of course of pedophilia. The topic was supposedly some form of therapy, but there was no reason to screen those scenes. Gratuitous and pornographic. After 25 years, looks as though the pedophile lobby may be back attempting to subvert the mainstream.

beejay76 5:00 pm 26 May 11

I’m not generally a tougher-sentences-for-geography-teachers type, but seriously, periodic detention for a paedophile?? It offends me greatly.

Holierthanthou 3:42 pm 26 May 11

Acting Justice John Nield doesn’t regard it like stamp collecting. The report means Acting Justice John Nield said that Cooper seemed to regard it like stamp collecting. Not many Justices (acting or otherwise) think that crimes are stamp collecting (except maybe Grand Theft Stamps).

The Frots 3:20 pm 26 May 11

SgtSlaughter said :

As a co-founder of B.A.C.A (Bikers Against Child Abuse) in Australia I find a sentence of this nature obscene in the extreme the fact that anyone and I mean ANYONE could compare collecting 700,000 photos of children being sexually abused to stamp collecting abhorent to say the least. As for Justice ‘laughable’ John Nield [deleted] I hope to god you don’t have kids. For more information on B.A.C.A please go to http://australia.bacaworld.org/

I just read the site – great work. Where can I get more info and a contact for this one!

p1 3:17 pm 26 May 11

SgtSlaughter said :

As a co-founder of B.A.C.A (Bikers Against Child Abuse) in Australia I find a sentence of this nature obscene in the extreme the fact that anyone and I mean ANYONE could compare collecting 700,000 photos of children being sexually abused to stamp collecting abhorent to say the least…..

Well, the comparison (how ever sad) is probably fair. What I find disturbing is the sentence. We are usually told that the reason people viewing this material is so evil is that it provides a market for the material, and therefore a motivation for people to abuse children. Since this individual was actively seeking as much as possible, he has been driving the abuse of children, and his sentence should reflect that.

gospeedygo 3:04 pm 26 May 11

p1 said :

Do the polce

gospeedygo said :

Disks? What, the plastic things that hold 1.44mb a piece?

More likely Compact Disks or Hard Disks or Digital Versatile Disk.

Would have been a lot less confusing if they had of specified.

elysium_au 2:46 pm 26 May 11

Cut his balls off!

SgtSlaughter 2:43 pm 26 May 11

As a co-founder of B.A.C.A (Bikers Against Child Abuse) in Australia I find a sentence of this nature obscene in the extreme the fact that anyone and I mean ANYONE could compare collecting 700,000 photos of children being sexually abused to stamp collecting abhorent to say the least. As for Justice ‘laughable’ John Nield [deleted] I hope to god you don’t have kids. For more information on B.A.C.A please go to http://australia.bacaworld.org/

p1 2:31 pm 26 May 11

Do the polce

gospeedygo said :

Disks? What, the plastic things that hold 1.44mb a piece?

More likely Compact Disks or Hard Disks or Digital Versatile Disk.

I wonder if the police give the hard drives back after wiping them? I assume not, but it raises interesting questions about physical storage versus simply owning/controlling data. I assume if you store your child pr0n in the cloud you can still be charged. Do the police remove the physical hard drives from google?

damien haas 2:18 pm 26 May 11

As a philatelist, this offends me.

gospeedygo 2:03 pm 26 May 11

Disks? What, the plastic things that hold 1.44mb a piece?

The Frots 2:01 pm 26 May 11

This is ridiculous. I thought that Justice Nield was looking like a great addition to an otherwise lacluster judiciary.

Periodic detention…………………? God help us all then!

JessP 1:39 pm 26 May 11

What? So he can stay home and start a new collection? Hanging is too good for this loser.

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