A man has been sentenced to 22 months in a juvenile detention centre after he was caught with more than 20,000 child pornography images on his computer and almost 3000 videos of child pornography.
Nanjing Night Net

Sean Monagle, 20, of Mount Helen, south of Ballarat, pleaded guilty to three charges of making available, accessing and knowingly possessing child pornography.

County Court judge Joe Gullaci said Monagle had been intermittently downloading child pornography since he was 14.

When arrested during a raid on his home on August 3 last year, Monagle told Australian Federal Police that the children looked as though they were enjoying themselves and “they are curious to try things”.

Monagle had been accessing and trading the images and videos with between 100-150 contacts using the software program GigaTribe.

Judge Gullaci said Monagle had been involved in a disgraceful and depraved trade involving other like-minded sexual deviants.

“All the children in these images and videos are victims, let there be no doubt about that,” the judge said.

He said vulnerable children, including babies, were being abused and people like Monagle contributed to the child pornography trade.

“You are not some young man who looked at this material out of curiosity. You are part of a disgusting, depraved trade,” the judge told Monagle. “And because of people like you this trade grows.”

Judge Gullaci said it had been his unfortunate duty to view the material before sentencing Monagle and for anyone to claim the children were enjoying themselves was “an affront to the decency of this world”.

“These are not victimless crimes,” he said.

The judge however said Monagle had good prospects for rehabilitation and would be vulnerable in an adult jail.

Monagle’s father was in the Army and his mother a midwife at a local hospital and both were supportive of Monagle.

A psychologist said Monagle had never been sexually active with a partner and the child pornography had been his exclusive sexual outlet.

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