– A Melbourne man who collected images of child pornography like they were stamps or swap cards has been jailed for two months.
Anthony Saraceno, 46, deleted his collections from a laptop and loaded it up with innocuous data after police visited his Templestowe home last August.
The former helicopter pilot even altered the computer’s internal clock so programs would appear to be newly installed.
County Court judge Marilyn Harbison said police located 887 “degrading and disturbing” images and 21 videos of young girls, aged between eight and 15 and engaged in erotic poses or sexual acts, through sophisticated recovery techniques.
She said Saraceno’s collecting, which included his posting “chilling” online messages in an effort to complete his disorganised and incomplete set of images, “bordered on obsessive”.
Some images came from two now-defunct Ukrainian companies that posed as modelling agencies and exploited more than 1500 girls.
Judge Harbison said Saraceno did not appreciate that these children – the victims of his crime – “were forced to pies and degrade themselves in such a way for your enjoyment”.
“They are not avatars; they are real children who will most likely never recover from their ordeals,” she said.
Saraceno and other similar offenders were responsible for propping up “this despicable trade” by creating demand for the abhorrent images, the judge said.
“To see young girls in titillating poses with their genitalia exposed should be revolting to every civilised person,” she said.
Saraceno pleaded guilty to knowingly possessing and soliciting child pornography, using a carriage service to make child pornography available, and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Australian Federal Police searched Saraceno’s home after being tipped off by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation, but could not locate the laptop that he handed in later that day in his attempt to destroy the evidence.
Forensic psychologist Dr Patrick Newton likened Saraceno’s addiction to child pornography – which had apparently strayed from adult pornography because of boredom and loneliness – to problem gambling.
He said the man displayed candour and openness to sex-offender treatment.
His parents and partner cried as he was sentenced to two months’ immediate imprisonment, to be followed by a recognisance release order for three years.
Saraceno will be a registered sex offender for life – Emily Portelli


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