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Former teacher Stephen Andrews sentenced for child pornography offences

Stephen David Andrews - jailed over child pornography offences.

A former teacher has been jailed for four years and nine months for child pornography offences.
Stephen David Andrews, 55, pleaded guilty to one count each of accessing child exploitation material and aggravated possession of child pornography.
Andrews also pleaded to 11 counts of using a carriage service to transmit indecent communications to a person under the age of 16.
Today in sentencing, District Court Judge Geraldine Davison said Andrews possessed thousands of images and videos of child pornography.
She said in his internet communications he identified himself as a schoolteacher, made reference to masturbation and inquired if the recipients had engaged in sexual relations with a family member.
“The content of these conversations is depraved and disgusting,” she said.
Judge Davison said that in sentencing Andrews, she took into account his letter of apology to the court.
In the letter, viewed by The Advertiser, Andrews wrote he was “deeply ashamed” of his offending, which was “out of character”.
“To the children I have harmed by viewing child pornography and continuing the demand for it, I apologise,” he wrote.
“If I had not sought out this material, then demand and production would hopefully drop and they would be saved the agony of the abuse they have suffered.
“I am sorry I have perpetuated the cycle of abuse.”
Andrews went on to apologise to the children he chatted with in a sexual manner.
“I have damaged you and left you with lifelong scars,” he wrote.
“I am ashamed I was not the adult, I am truly sorry.”
He wrote he had let down the profession which he loved.
“I have betrayed a sacred duty to protect children,” he wrote.
“My shame is overwhelming, I have given this profession a black eye it does not deserve.
“I have blackened the name of all teachers with my shameful behaviour. I am truly sorry.
“To your honour and the federal police agents that had to view and read the vile, disgusting videos and chat logs, I apologise.” Andrews also offered an apology to his family and friends, whom he had injured by his actions.
“I will not reoffend. That is a statement I know you will have heard ad nauseam but in my case it is a truthful one, such is my horror and disgust at my actions.”
Today Judge Davison said there was no suggestion that Andrews had behaved in an inappropriate manner with his students or the young people he met through volunteering.
She said he had “deluded” himself that “no one was really being harmed”.
She said Andrews had been seeing a psychologist and while he had made progress, there was still a significant way to go.
Judge Davison said users of child pornography must be warned that if detected, they would be punished most severely.
“These offences are not victimless crimes,” she said.
She sentenced Andrews to two years for accessing child pornography and two years and nine months for the 11 counts of transmitting indecent communications.
The sentences for these two federal offences are to be served cumulatively and Judge Davison set a non-parole period of two-years.
For the state offence of aggravated possession of child pornography, Judge Davison sentenced Andrews to two years’ imprisonment with a non-parole period of 12 months.
This offence is to be served concurrently with the federal sentence.
Andrews will be eligible for parole in two years.

www.adelaidenow.com.au (16-4-2014)

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