Teen peddler of child exploitation material dodges jail as judge decides his offending was ‘need not greed’

A TEENAGER who downloaded eight gigabytes of child exploitation material to sell online has avoided prison after a judge found he committed the crime as a matter of “need not greed”.

The 18-year-old, who The Advertiser has chosen not to name, has appeared in the District Court for sentencing on a number of child exploitation material charges including obtaining, possessing and disseminating the online files.

In 2014, he was 17 and living out of home when he was first approached by a person online while playing video games, Judge Jack Costello was told.

The person requested he access child exploitation material and save it to a drop box, a task for which he would be paid.

After initially refusing, the boy downloaded the files and stored them in the drop box.

Once he was paid, he deleted the files and stopped speaking to the person who had asked him to save the files.

A year later, the…

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