Child porn accused arrested after Waroona police stop

Kate FieldingSouth Western Times
The man was stopped by police in Waroona on April 21 when police accessed his phone and allegedly found 33,000 images and 1000 videos of child exploitation material.
Camera IconThe man was stopped by police in Waroona on April 21 when police accessed his phone and allegedly found 33,000 images and 1000 videos of child exploitation material. Credit: Graphic / South Western Times

Bunbury Magistrates Court has been told that a man allegedly caught with child exploitation material in Waroona is due to be sentenced over a similar incident in which State prosecutors are considering an upgrade to include one million images and videos.

Daniel Alexander Jackson, 25, of Baldivis, was stopped by police in the South West town on April 21 when police accessed his phone and allegedly found 33,000 images and 1000 videos of child exploitation material.

Mr Jackson appeared on Monday when the Bunbury court was told the material related to child forums and child pornography.

The court was told that in November 2017, Mr Jackson was sentenced to 30 months jail, suspended for 20 months for “similar type offending”.

Further, it was told he was due to be sentenced this month in Perth District Court over a separate incident in which he was found with 150,000 images and 4000 videos, but that could be increased to one million pieces.

Defence lawyer Andrew Williams admitted Mr Jackson was in a “delicate” and “fragile predicament” but custody for nearly a week had been “sobering”.

Mr Williams argued for bail, saying Mr Jackson had been diagnosed with high-spectrum autism, had been receiving months of counselling and wanted to be released because his father was “very sick” with cancer.

Mr Williams also said Mr Jackson was willing to go “one step further” with bail conditions and not operate electronic devices at all.

Police prosecutor Sgt Darren Clifton said bail was “strongly” opposed after his previous bail conditions would have been made clear and there were no conditions that could stop Mr Jackson from further offending.

Magistrate Stephen Wilson described the matters as not being victim-less and said that such material perpetuated a market for “people that access this material”.

Magistrate Wilson said there was “simply” no conditions that could be imposed which guaranteed Mr Jackson would not be found in possession of such material again.

Mr Jackson was remanded in custody with the most recent allegation adjourned to May 13.

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