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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]
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?

TheQueenOfHearts 7:07 pm 27 May 11

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”

Mullet 6:39 pm 27 May 11

breda said :

I am no fan of kiddie porn, but people need to engage with the facts. Do a few quick sums, and it is clear that no-one can have even a passing acquaintance with the contents of 700,000 files, images and videos.

His work may well be a treasure trove for investigators, and save them a lot of work.

I think that he is a probably harmless nerd/loser, and that Neild has got it right.

Facts? No facts there.

You imply that because of the vast quantity of sick filth he can’t be aquainted with it.

Fact? Hell no.

Assumption? Damn right.

You don’t think he might have his sick favourites?

You imply his crime would be more serious if he had fewer degenerate videos to “procrastinate” over. Give me a break.

Evidence may aid police?
Maybe but why be so lenient, they caught him and don’t need to bargain with him to the extent he escapes jail.

Harmless Nerd?
I suppose you’d let him baby sit your underage daughter, niece, cousin, sister.

Nield has got it right?
Wrong again.

Im happy to engage in facts, let me know when youv’e found some.

SgtSlaughter 4:25 pm 27 May 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Again, why are you avoiding the question? Is it because you don’t believe that selling drugs to children is a form of abuse? Or, is it because your organisation won’t pursue other bikies?

First and foremost: If I see anyone selling drugs to kids I will act as will every member of BACA however I would put money on the fact that if you were to witness such an act you would run off and maybe just maybe call the police but that’s about it. I see you as a keyboard warrior who has little if any knowledge of what is actually going on the real world no matter how much you little mind tells you otherwise.

Secondly: this really is getting tedious I nor any member of BACA are Bikies do you comprehend that simple fact?

So are we straight now?

Now I have only one question for you:

Why is your only aim here to denigrate an organisation and its members and supporters who’s ONLY aim is to help children live without fear?

And finally if you respond with any more drivel I will simply ignore your comments because unlike yourself I have worthwhile things to do with my time. Good luck with the therapy.

Katietonia 4:09 pm 27 May 11

That is absolutely ridiculous. Thousands of children abused for the images, even if he didn’t do it himself he contributed to that “industry” he should be shot.

colourful sydney rac 4:03 pm 27 May 11

501-C-3 tax exempt organization? You do realise that refers to US legislation? Do you really have anything to do with this organisation or motorcycle clubs in general?

colourful sydney rac 4:00 pm 27 May 11

Again, why are you avoiding the question? Is it because you don’t believe that selling drugs to children is a form of abuse? Or, is it because your organisation won’t pursue other bikies?

SgtSlaughter 3:51 pm 27 May 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

Also Sgt, I note in the FAQ’s
http://bacaworld.org/about/faqs/
What is required to become a member of BACA?

To become a full-patched BACA member a person must have regular access to a motorcycle that will do the speed limit.

Sounds a little like a ‘motorcycle club’ to me…

What is Bikers Against Child Abuse (BACA) Inc.?

Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (BACA) is a non-profit, 501-C-3 tax exempt organization that exists to provide aid, comfort, safety, and support for children that have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. We are dedicated to the principle that one of the basic rights of childhood is to be safe and protected, and when the childs family and environment have failed them, we stand ready to provide it to them.

BACA is a strong organization of dedicated individuals that are willing to sacrifice any and all in order to protect and secure the childrens basic right to a happy childhood.

B.A.C.A is NOT a motorcycle club but quite clearly if the term Biker is used in the name then a person ‘with any degree of intelligence at all’ would expect that it’s members actually ride a motorcycle same as members of a Darts club are actually expected to have or have access to darts.

Please the more you make statements of this ilk the more people realise that your IQ is obviously on par with a gnat

colourful sydney rac 3:35 pm 27 May 11

SgtSlaughter said :

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I was just wondering whether you also go after OMC’s who deal drugs to children. Do you?

Oh my god you really are an imbecile.

If you know specifics of anyone selling drugs to anyone let alone children I suggest you grow a backbone and do something about it.

Why are you avoiding the question? Is it because you don’t believe that selling drugs to children is a form of abuse? Or, is it because your organisation won’t pursue other bikies?

SgtSlaughter 3:31 pm 27 May 11

colourful sydney racing identity said :

I was just wondering whether you also go after OMC’s who deal drugs to children. Do you?

Oh my god you really are an imbecile.

If you know specifics of anyone selling drugs to anyone let alone children I suggest you grow a backbone and do something about it.

colourful sydney rac 3:20 pm 27 May 11

Also Sgt, I note in the FAQ’s
http://bacaworld.org/about/faqs/
What is required to become a member of BACA?

To become a full-patched BACA member a person must have regular access to a motorcycle that will do the speed limit.

Sounds a little like a ‘motorcycle club’ to me…

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