In a corner of the Darling Gardens in Melbourne’s boutique inner-city suburb of Clifton Hill stands a small, well-maintained toilet block that sports a sign warning that plain-clothes police regularly patrol the area.
In the year I lived within a stone’s throw of the gardens I never saw anyone who looked purposefully plain-clothed, but I did see some of those whom the sign is supposed to deter: men who would pull up alongside the toilets, and watch the block anxiously.
You said you were curious about them and described your behaviour as one more of curiosity and 'mucking around' to see if you could set up the camera and not get caught."You told Dr Raeside you had edited some of the films of these children in certain ways, but denied it was your intention to upload them into the internet."The description of curiosity seemed to him to have some sexual component to it - he said this is likely to be closely linked to the images you had been viewing."The man pleaded guilty to indecent filming of a minor and aggravated possession of child pornography.
He cried throughout the sentencing as the judge jailed him for three years and imposed a non-parole term of one year and 10 months.
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As the girls filmed could not be identified, the DPP does not dispute your assertion," he said.
The court told was the man denied his interest in child pornography was sexual, and he had told investigators "I just got bored and curious"."You explained to Dr [Craig] Raeside (forensic psychiatrist) that the filming at your house was out of curiosity and you don't have any sexual feelings at all towards your own children," Judge Muecke said."You acknowledge your intent was to film two friends of your daughter, aged 14 and 15 years.
After a while – perhaps the length of time it takes to convince oneself there are no undercover cops in the vicinity – they would get out of their cars and take the plunge through the wrought-iron gate labelled ‘Men’.
More often than not their courage went unrewarded, and they’d emerge moments later, baffled...