Child porn distributor pokes wrong Facebook friend

WAGGA DISTRICT COURT

GUNDAGAI man Shannon Leigh Moy sent a vile child pornography photo via Facebook to someone he thought wrongly had the same depravity, but after the horrified recipient received the graphic image he raced off to report the incident to police.

Now, after pleading guilty in Wagga District Court this week to three offences, the only thing standing between 22-year-old Moy and a stint behind bars is an assessment for an intensive correction order (ICO).

Moy admitted to police in an interview after his arrest last November that he had been accessing child pornography for "a couple of years" and downloaded material for his sexual gratification.

According to agreed facts tendered to judge Deborah Payne, Moy used the fake name Ashleigh Townsend to friend another Gundagai man on Facebook some time before August last year.

On August 30, the man received a private message showing an adult male having sex with a naked girl aged seven or eight.

The man replied: "What the f--- you are sick I think il take that to the police".

Within 25 minutes the man was at Gundagai police station reporting the crime.

After conducting certain investigations that revealed Moy's true identity, police executed a search warrant on his home on November 13.

They seized a laptop, two hard drives, an iPhone and a computer tower and then took Moy back to the police station for an interview.

During the interview, Moy admitted sending the offensive image to the complainant and to having "a couple of hundred at least" child pornography images for sexual pleasure and for trading.

He admitted to using the internet to regularly access child pornography.

Moy's computer equipment and iPhone were analysed and were found to contain hundreds of child pornography videos and still images.

Many of them had the second-highest rating under the Child Exploitation Tracking Scheme (CETS), showing penetrative sexual activity.

Moy pleaded guilty in Wagga Local Court earlier this year to using a carriage service to transmit child pornography, using a carriage service to access child pornography and producing, disseminating or possessing child abuse material.

He adhered to those pleas before Judge Payne this week.

She ordered an ICO assessment and granted Moy conditional bail ahead of his sentencing in Downing Centre District Court on January 24.

If given an ICO, Moy will have to complete a minimum 32 hours of community service a month and participate in programs to address his offending behaviour.

Bail conditions include not using a computer, the internet or mobile telephone unless for work and at his workplace.

The court heard that Moy plans to move from Gundagai to Dapto.