More than 3000 Queenslanders face child porn charges

IN THE past 10 years 3035 people have faced the Queensland courts over child pornography charges, a report released today has found. 

The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council examined the court outcome of every child exploitation material related offence between 2016 and 2006, finding about three quarters (78.1 per cent) of people who are charged over child pornography go to jail. 

The study found female offenders were less likely to receive a custodial order compared to males -  with 58.3 per cent of women doing time as against 78.5 per cent of men. 

In total 1470 young offenders were dealt with by Queensland Police Service via caution or conference and 1565 offenders were sentenced in Queensland courts (including 28 young offenders).  

Offenders dealt with in court were mostly charged with possession of child exploitation material (49.5 per cent), followed by offences under Commonwealth legislation such as accessing such material through a carriage service (i.e. the internet) or the postal service (34.3 per cent).  

"Young people don't realise that sexting is actually a child exploitation material offence," QSAC member Helen Watkins said.   

"We have been advised by Queensland Police Service that late last year a new policy direction for sexting was formalised by police, who now take an educative approach for some of these offences."  

Almost all defendants sentenced in court for child exploitation material offences pleaded guilty (97.5 per cent).

Of all young people diverted by QPS, the vast majority were dealt with via a formal caution (92.9 per cent), with only 7.1 per cent attending a youth justice conference.

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