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CDPP v Drennan [2022] VCC 1327

The offender was sentenced following pleas of guilty to 1 count of using a carriage service to solicit child abuse material, 1 count of using a carriage service to transmit child abuse material and 1 count of possessing child abuse material contrary to the Commonwealth Criminal Code.

Nature and Circumstances: Solicitation offending occurred in a single chat and falls towards the lower end of objective seriousness. Transmission offending took place on 4 occasions over a period of 3 months and is not a case that involves a vast amount of child abuse material nor a protracted period of offending. Material is nothing short of instances of grotesque child sexual exploitation and is of a high level of depravity. Offending, when viewed globally, is objectively serious and offender’s moral culpability is high.

Antecedents: Offender is immature and emotionally disconnected. It is accepted prison will be more difficult for the offender given it will be their first time in custody, the offender’s youth (aged 23 and 34 at time of offending), immaturity and mental health difficulties in the context of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.

Offender sentenced to 2 years and 6 months imprisonment, to be released after 9 months on a recognise release order in the sum of $1,000 to be of good behaviour for 2 years with conditions.
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