Ipswich Magistrates Court
Ipswich Magistrates Court Rob Williams

Child porn on coach's computer

AN IPSWICH sports coach has faced court for possessing hundreds of child porn images and videos.

Raceview man Jacob Clark, 35, coached gymnastics and trampolining at the Ipswich PCYC for 18 years before the discovery was made.

Ipswich District Court heard yesterday that Clark had a "semi-breakdown" in January last year and passed his laptop and its case on to someone else.

That person uncovered 195 child porn images and 27 videos and turned the computer in to police.

The images depicted pre-pubescent girls being sexually abused and out of a one to five in severity, police deemed the photos to be a category four.

Clark pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child exploitation material.

Crown prosecutor Sarah Maleckas said a concerning feature was that Clark held a blue card and worked with children.

Ms Maleckas said viewing innocent children being degraded and exploited created a market for people to keep making such material.

The court heard some of the children in the images and videos were as young as four, and other images depicted children being forced into bondage.

Defence barrister Steve Kissick said Clark had shown significant remorse and had received 25 counselling sessions since being charged with the offence.

Mr Kissick said Clark had the full support of his wife and family and had a real prospect for rehabilitation.

"While he has always worked with young children he no longer can, and there is no suggestion he had ever been inappropriate (to children he taught)," he said.

The court heard that Clark had deleted some of the images before he passed his computer on.

Judge Deborah Richards adjourned the case until tomorrow to consider her sentence.


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