Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions

Eighty-one year old sentenced over child explotation material

Date of Publication: 
6 August 2018

On 3 August, Paul Lee Dinniss, 81, was found guilty of using a carriage service to access and transmit child exploitation material, and possessing child exploitation material. On each of the five Commonwealth charges, he was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, to run concurrently, but released on recognisance to be of good behaviour for five years.

On the state charge, Dinniss was also sentenced to two years’ imprisonment, which was suspended for five years.

Acting on information provided by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in mid-2015, the Australian Federal Police (AFP) was able to use an Internet Protocol address to identify Paul Dinniss as having uploaded 105 child pornography images to the internet.

On 30 September 2015, AFP investigators searched Dinniss’ unit in Coombabah, Queensland, and seized three USB thumb drives, a laptop hard drive and a computer, which contained a total of 8,426 files that were identified as child exploitation material.

Dinniss used a variety of online media to send and receive child pornography:

  • Between 8 October 2011 and 23 March 2013, he used Yahoo Messenger to send 70 photos and receive 44.
  • Between 11 July 2013 and 28 August 2013, he used Skype to send 372 images and video, and receive 10 in December 2014.

Dinniss accessed 21 child pornography files from a website, and Police located 6,575 child exploitation files on the three USB thumb drives, 1,715 on the hard drive of a Hitachi laptop, and 136 on a Dell laptop.

Dinniss was aged between 74 and 78 at the time he offended.

CDPP Media contact: communications@cdpp.gov.au or 02 6206 5708.

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Summary of charges:

  • 3 charges of using a carriage service to access child pornography material, contrary to section 474.19(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth)
  • 2 charges of using a carriage service to transmit child pornography material, contrary to section 474.19(1) of the Criminal Code (Cth)
  • 1 charge of possessing child exploitation material, contrary to section 228D of the Criminal Code (Qld).

 

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