Man jailed over extensive child porn collection

A Corrimal man who had more than 1000 images of child pornography in his possession had shown a callous disregard for the children involved, Magistrate Paul Johnson said yesterday.Mr Johnson said many of the images in the possession of 35-year-old Shane Thomas Thorne were of the worst category involving children as young as five.Thorne was sentenced to a total of two years' jail on two charges. He is due to be released on November 16, 2010 and will then enter a 12-month good behaviour bond."He had these images for his personal gratification," the magistrate said."Despite being the father of two young teenage girls he showed a callous disregard for gross sexual abuse of children in the images."Thorne, of Carroll Rd, pleaded guilty to one charge of using the internet to access child pornography and one of possessing 1146 images of child pornography between August 27 and September 24 last year.He was addicted to adult pornography and had tens of thousands of legal images in his computer when federal police raided his home on January 7.The court heard Thorne accessed the pornography late at night in his garage and over time became inured to this and sought more titillating material in the form of child pornography.The website from which he bought the illegal images provided a warning that it "contained material which may be offensive to some, exciting to others and illegal to all."Mr Johnson said Thorne clearly thought the website was safe and that he would not be detected.Evidence was heard that Thorne grew up in a violent family environment and was sexually abused as a teenager.Mr Johnson said courts throughout the world had recognised for a long time that child pornography was not a victimless crime."There is nothing to indicate that he has acknowledged the injury caused by his actions," Mr Johnson said. "There is no realisation expressed or reported of any acknowledgement of the harm done to children in child pornography."He told Thorne that a sentence must be imposed that would reflect the community horror and the disgust for the use of children for sexual gratification.Late yesterday, Thorne's barrister Jane Healey said an appeal against the severity of the sentence would lodged.