Man jailed for sex offences involving 54 children

A MELBOURNE man will spend at least eight years in prison after being found guilty of paying for child abuse "shows" involving children in the Philippines.

The ages of the children ranged from four to 15 years old.

Brett Le Gassick, 43, pleaded guilty to 25 charges that covered the 54 children who were involved in sexual activities that he paid to watch.

Each charge carried a maximum of 20 years in prison.

Le Gassick used online chat programs to watch Philippine children "in real time".

He admitted to taking images and videos during these horrific chat sessions, on top of viewing and downloading other material.

Le Gassick was arrested in January by the Australian Federal Police Child Protection Operations Team.

In the County Court of Victoria last week, Judge Elizabeth Gaynor said the case was a serious example of serious offending" and that the offending involved the "wholesale exploitation of desperate children", and the "damage done [to these children] is incalculable".

Le Gassick was prosecuted by the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions.

The charges
Le Gassick faced court on 25 charges including:

• One count of procuring 54 children for sexual activity

• One count of production of child pornography

• Two counts of accessing child pornography using a carriage service

• Five counts of causing child to engage in sexual intercourse

• Eight counts of attempt to cause a child to engage in sexual intercourse

• Five counts of causing a child to engage in sexual activity

• Two counts of attempting to cause child to engage in sexual activity

• One count of knowingly possessing child pornography