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Lifeline worker caught with child pornography

A FORMER Lifeline project manager arrested over child pornography had more than 1000 illegal images and videos on his computers.

At Ipswich District Court this week, Craig Keith Adcock pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material.

The illegal files were discovered after police searched the then 36-year-old's Redbank Plains address on November 8, 2013.

Crown prosecutor Rachelle Logan said Adcock had been in possession of 820 images and 225 videos depicting child pornography.

Ms Logan said most of the material was classified as category-one, at the lower end of the scale.

However, some ranged through to category-five, which was considered the most serious type of child exploitation material.

She said Adcock had been in posession of the material, which was found on his computers, for at least two years.

Adcock also pleaded guilty to a second charge of using the internet to access child pornography material.

Defence barrister Tim Ryan said that Adcock's interest in the material had been a way for him to cope with his depression, which his client had suffered for many years.

Mr Ryan said Adcock had shown remorse and co-operated and made admissions to police.

He said the arrest and charges had brought Adcock shame and embarrassment and also resulted in his client losing his job as a project manager at Lifeline where he managed case workers.

Mr Ryan said Adcock had already commenced and was well on the path towards rehabilitation.

"He has participated in treatment and shown a level of insight into his condition...and recognised the problem," he said about Adcock.

Mr Ryan said Adock had no previous criminal history and was committed to not reoffending.

Judge Sarah Bradley said the court took child exploitation offences very seriously.

"That is because they involve real children subjected to real abuse and suffering real harm and damage," she said.

"This was not a victimless crime; somewhere in the world some child was being abused in order to produce that sort of material which you used for your own gratification."

Adcock was sentenced to 18 months in jail, suspended for three years, for possessing child exploitation material.

For the second charge was put on a six-month good behaviour bond of $500 on the condition that he would be put on a parole order for two years.

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