Mackay man jailed for having 36,000 child porn images

A MACKAY man has been jailed after being caught with more than 36,000 child pornography images and videos.

Phillip Roland Feeney, 50, told officers he had the images "because he just liked them".

Police found that 120 images and videos were considered a category five, meaning they showed children being used in graphic and degrading sexual acts.

Feeney, who worked as a traffic controller, explored his interest in child pornography over six years through peer-to-peer file sharing over the internet.

At times others were able to access the child exploitation material contained on his computer, but it is not known exactly what images were accessed, crown prosecutor Chris Winlaw told the District Court in Mackay.

Judge John Baulch said child exploitation material was "vile and disgusting" and "the exploitation and corruption of children who are incapable of protecting themselves".

"These children are real people, not pictures," Judge John Baulch said.

Feeney pleaded guilty to possessing and distributing child exploitation material between February 2011 and February 2012.

Defence barrister Bronwyn Hartigan, instructed by Morton Lawyers, said Feeney's candidness with police was significantly in his favour.

"(Feeney) comes before the court knowing he has a problem and wanting to address it," Ms Hartigan said.

Judge Baulch said the "sheer volume" calls for imprisonment and that Feeney must serve actual time.

He was jailed for 30 months to be released after eight months and placed on three years probation.

The balance will be suspended for four years. Feeney must attend any offender specific counselling and complete a sexual offender's rehabilitation course.


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