On 1 November 2018, Richard Ramos, 41, was sentenced to 23 months’ jail after he was found guilty of a range of offences relating to online child pornography material.
On 11 October 2015, an investigator attached to the Queensland Police Task Force Argos was carrying out covert duties on two pornography websites using the assumed online identity of a 32-year-old male living in Brisbane. All interactions he had with users were saved electronically onto his computer.
During one conversation, a user suggested they move to a secure site, from where he sent the undercover officer images, two of which were categorised as containing child abuse material.
Later that day, the IP address of the online user who had sent the images was found to belong to Richard Ramos.
On 11 August 2016, New South Wales Police officers executed a search warrant on Ramos’ home in Fairfield West, where they seized a number of electronic devices including two laptops, an iPhone, four backup DVDs, five USBs, four external hard drives and three disc drives.
Ramos was arrested and taken to Fairfield Police Station where he was interviewed. Here he claimed he was a vigilante, using the sites so he could report users to the Police. He also claimed he had sent the undercover officer photos to gain his trust and get his details. However, he also admitted he mainly used the sites to enter a fantasy world and escape reality.
When Police later forensically examined the electronic devices, they discovered Ramos had used WhatsApp to transmit a series of sexually explicit messages to two users discussing sexual activity they would engage in with Ramos’s underage nieces (then aged 10 and 6).
Police also found Ramos had downloaded a screen-capture application on his laptop, which he used to record seven livestreamed videos of females aged between 8–14 engaging in sexual activity on two pornography websites. These seven videos were located on his laptop and categorised as child pornography material.
Police found approximately 180 image, video and text files on Ramos’s devices that constituted child abuse material.
Ramos was sentenced to 23 months’ jail in relation to:
- 1 count of disseminating child abuse material contrary to s.91H(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)
- 3 counts of possessing child abuse material contrary to s.91H(2) of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW)
- 1 count of using a carriage service to access child pornography material contrary to s.474.19(1)(a)(i) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth)
- 1 count of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography material contrary to s.474.19(1)(a)(iii) of the Criminal Code 1995 (Cth).
Ramos will be eligible for parole after 12 months, on 30 October 2019.