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Book clue reveals child porn

A Hobart child pornographer was caught after Italian police noticed a Tasmanian telephone book in the background of an image they seized from a paedophile's computer, the Supreme Court has heard.
Christopher Stephen Johns, 25, of Glenorchy, yesterday pleaded guilty to maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person, five counts of indecent assault and producing, possessing, accessing and distributing child pornography.
One of Johns' young victims told the court how the crimes had left him fearful, angry and frustrated.
The court heard that in 2007 Johns molested a nine-year-old boy and his 11-year-old brother while they were playing at his then Claremont home.
The boys reported the incident immediately afterwards to their grandparents, who called police.
Johns said he touched the first boy indecently by accident and had only been playing with his brother.
In May this year, Italian police who had arrested a paedophile in that country contacted the Australian Federal Police after spotting a Hobart telephone book in the background of one of the images on the man's computer.
A likeness of the boy shown was distributed by police and the victim was identified by a school principal as being one of his students, the court heard.
Police spoke to the eight-year-old boy, who identified Johns as his abuser.
The court heard Johns had indecently assaulted the boy during sleepovers last year and had taken 71 photographs of the boy which were found on the Italian man's computer.
Johns told police he would not be able to estimate the number of times he indecently assaulted the boy.
"If I knew why I did it, I would stop," he said.
He admitted to possessing up to 600 child-pornography images found on his computer, uploading images to the internet and using a chat service to find children to talk to.
The eight-year-old read his victim impact statement to the court.
"I am angry and frustrated that it has taken so long for him to get to court," the boy said.
"I still don't understand why he did those things and I hope he goes to jail also he doesn't do it to anyone else."
Defence lawyer Amber Mignon told the court her client had become less interested in young boys after meeting his fiancee.
She said Johns was himself the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his stepfather.
Justice Helen Wood remanded him in custody for sentencing on August 10.


prelive.themercury.com.au (19-7-2011)
http://prelive.themercury.com.au/article/2011/07/19/246521_scalesofjustice.html




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