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A WHALE Beach grandfather was yesterday sentenced at Manly Court to 18 months in jail for possessing child pornography and child abuse material.
Donald Judge, 69, pleaded guilty on June 20 to six counts of possessing child abuse material. At the sentencing submission on November 1 the court heard that Judge had an addictive personality.
As a member of Alcoholics Anonymous he had acted as a mentor to other members.
Judge had previously battled addictions to gambling and alcohol, and had for the past 10 years been addicted to pornography.
According to a statement of police facts tendered in court, Mr Judge brought his iMac into a local computer shop on February 1 complaining that it would not start up.
He told a technician he had “highly sensitive material” on his hard drive, and requested that it was not accessed.
The technician began work on the computer and found images of child pornography.
Police were immediately called to view the files, a search warrant obtained and the following day Judge’s home was raided.
Police seized several hard drives, 16 DVDs and two more computers. Examination of these by the Electronic Evidence Branch found up to 6690 images of child pornography and up to 2382 videos.
The court heard that downloaded material contained images of children as young as five.