Repeat child porn offender dobs himself in

FEELINGS of guilt and disgust prompted a repeat child porn offender to hand himself into police after he groomed a little girl in an online chatroom.

The child sent him two photos of herself.

Convicted of previous child pornography offences, and with a partial sentence still hanging over his head, Jarrod Perina then destroyed his mobile phone and went to police for help.

Appearing in the dock of Ipswich District Court, Perina, 33, pleaded guilty to using the internet to procure a child under 12; two counts of failing to comply with reporting conditions: possessing child exploitation material; and using a carriage service to access child pornography.

Crown prosecutor Cameron Wilkins said Perina was convicted and sentenced by the Ipswich District Court in March 2016 on child exploitation offences.

He was sentenced to 18 months' jail but given parole with 12 months of that sentence remaining on the condition that he does not reoffend.

Mr Wilkins said Perina's new offence came to light only when he walked into Yamanto police station on January 23 last year to tell police he needed help.

"I just need help, that's all," he told police at the time.

"He says he created an online account and had video chat sessions with the child. He says that she looked to be aged about 10," Mr Wilkins said.

"He asked for a second photo with her pyjama shirt unbuttoned and she did so.

"He says he deleted the image in 10 seconds. Broke his phone and threw it in the bin.

"He says it was not sexually motivated but arose out of boredom."

Mr Wilkins said some months later in August 2018, police went to Perina's home to conduct a compliance check.

His phone was examined and revealed 24 images of semi-naked and naked children. The images were downloaded a few days earlier on August 12.

The girls depicted were aged under 16 and in sexualised poses.

Perina had denied that he'd been looking for children.

Defence barrister Justin Thomas said it was of great concern that Perina had received no professional help with his issues since his first offending. And he deserved some credit for handing himself in.

"It reflects a relevant degree of insight and that he needs assistance," Mr Thomas said.

Psychological reports on Perina were put before Judge Dennis Lynch QC.

He also noted Perina's disadvantaged background, diagnosed mental health issues, lack of education, and how he'd become more isolated in his adult years.

Judge Lynch said the girl was not traced but may be from the USA and all children caught up in such material were victims of crimes.

Perina was sentenced to two years' jail with immediate release on supervised probation for three years.