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Paddling toddler photos 'porn'

The item below just appeared on the Sydney Morning Herald web site:

Paddling toddler photos 'porn'
Peter Hawkins
December 1, 2008 - 12:33PM

A man allegedly taking mobile phone photographs of young children paddling at Sydney's Darling Harbour faces child pornography charges.

Police say they were called to the tourist spot when onlookers saw the man pointing his mobile phone at a group of 15 young children, aged two to 12 years old about 3.15pm yesterday.

The homeless 40-year-old man was arrested by police, who later found a number of photographs and videos of young children on his phone.

He has been charged with possessing child pornography, and was refused bail to appear in Central Local Court today.

Police said there were no previous photos and video on the man's mobile that were incriminating and all images were of the children yesterday afternoon.
"That's the evidence, taking pictures of children in partial undress.

Inspector Brenton Lee from City Central Local Area Command said: "It was a matter where it was totally inappropriate for the time and place and I think that's what the court will look at."

  • with AAP

Darling Harbour is a large popular public park adjacent to Sydney's CBD, where families go to let the children play in the water fountains, and office workers and tourists go for a stroll or to lunch in the restaurants and cafes scattered around.

I was surprised that the person was arrested on such serious charges given the stated evidence. It will be interesting to see what further information comes out in court, and if the court accepts that the evidence supports the charge. In this case the media report implies the person was behaving in a way that seemed very suspicious to parents and onlookers. There is no explanation of what is meant by "partial undress".

If you are a street shooter this case could set an important precendent, as it seems to be based on public and police perceptions of intent. Your professional reputation could be ruined even if you believe you have acted lawfully with your camera.

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