Berkeley man admits trading child porn

A Berkeley man who confessed to trading dozens of images and videos of child pornography via the internet used the email "fiddiekiddler@hotmail.com" to communicate with others, a court has heard.

Shannon Tuckerman, 20, used the blatant email address to exchange pornographic videos and images with at least 16 different internet users between August and December last year.

On each occasion, Tuckerman, going under the screen name "Greg Norman", sent out an email to the person indicating he was interested in trading child pornography and awaited a reply.

In the emails he advertised that he had "heaps of vids [videos] and pics [pictures]" that he was willing to trade in exchange for other child abuse material.

He told users he liked to see "toddler boys", videos of young children urinating and touching themselves and videos that depicted children in pain. When it came to the age of the victims, he said "the younger the better".

Tuckerman also advised his fellow abusers he had multiple "rare, unseen, private" videos that he had made himself, some of which featured him with children as young as two.

A series of agreed police facts tendered to Wollongong Local Court yesterday said Tuckerman first came to the attention of Queensland police in August last year after emailing an undercover officer looking to swap child porn material.

Queensland police passed the case onto the child exploitation unit attached to NSW Police and Tuckerman was arrested in March this year after officers searched a house at Dapto and his Berkeley home.

During a subsequent interview with investigating officers Tuckerman handed over the password to his hotmail account, allowing police to forensically examine its contents.

It was found to contain images and videos ranging from the non-sexual (category one) to highly sexualised (category four), including sexual acts between children and adults.

Tuckerman was initially charged with 17 child porn offences, but yesterday pleaded guilty to two charges of using a carriage service to transmit child porn. The remaining 15 charges against him were dismissed.

He is on bail and the sentencing process begins next Friday.

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