Man pleads guilty to possessing 2446 child porn files

A MAN who had more than 2400 child exploitation images on his computer found during a police raid has walked free from court.

Russell Lassig, 42, pleaded guilty on Monday in the Ipswich District Court to possessing and distributing child exploitation material between June and September 2013.

Crown prosecutor Clare Kelly told the court Lassig's offending was uncovered during a broader Taskforce Argos investigation into child porn file sharing.

She said Lassig uploaded 256 images and six videos to a file sharing site, but it was during the subsequent police raid the bulk of the images were located.

"The majority of the images were deemed to be category one which is at the lower end of offending," she said.

"Most of the children portrayed in the images were aged between four and 11-years old."

Defence barrister Stephen Kissick said Lassig offending was due to being socially isolated and disconnected due to his job.

He said it was the first time Lassig had been before the courts.

"The images are definitely at the lower end of the scale when it comes to these offences," he said.

"He is also extremely remorseful for his actions."

Judge Sarah Bradley sentenced Lassig to 15 months behind bars but wholly suspended the sentence for a period of two years. She said it was not a victimless crime - the images contained real children.


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