Seven people from the Sunshine Coast have pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material in court in the past year.
Seven people from the Sunshine Coast have pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material in court in the past year.

NAMED: Seven Coast people caught with child porn

These seven people from the Sunshine Coast have pleaded guilty to possessing child exploitation material in court in the past year.

‘Repulsive’: Hundreds of child abuse videos on dad’s phone

Hundreds of graphic videos and photos of adults sexually abusing and raping children were found on a dad’s phone.

Police discovered Kenneth Howard Simpson’s criminality went beyond meth dealing when they found 500 child exploitation videos and 1523 photos during a search of his Sunshine Coast home.

The unlicensed 34-year-old immediately drove to his Tanawha residence when he heard police wanted to search his devices on September 5, 2018.

Simpson was jailed after fronting Maroochydore District Court for the content they found.

Crown prosecutor Will Slack said 255 photos and 311 videos came under Category 4 of the Oliver scale.

“Category 4 is penile-vaginal penetration,” Mr Slack said.

“Some of those movies located were quite repulsive.”

A forensic examination of Simpson’s phone found he had downloaded the content from the internet.

Simpson pleaded guilty to 17 charges including nine counts of supplying a Schedule 1 dangerous drug, one count of possessing child exploitation material and one count of using a carriage service to access child exploitation material.

Judge Allen sentenced Simpson to two years in jail suspended for three years after he served six months.

Simpson also received a concurrent two-year jail sentence with release on parole after six months on the condition he enter into a $1000 good behaviour bond.

He was disqualified from driving for six months.

Simpson will be released on parole on February 24 next year.

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Kenneth Simpson.
Kenneth Simpson.

Why child porn teacher was made prisoner of court

A teacher who lost his job after he was found with child pornography material faced court again on October 29.

Former Sunshine Coast teacher Darren Westley Mitchell was sentenced to 12 months’ jail suspended immediately for three years in Maroochydore District Court in 2015.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing child exploitation material after police found 307 images and 37 videos on two laptops at his Maleny home in 2013.

Mitchell was made a reportable offender under the Child Protection Act 2004, but breached the sentence last year when he failed to tell police that he had got a new passport after his expired.

Judge Jennifer Rosengren said Mitchell’s violation was clearly at the lower end of breaches and ordered that he be made a temporary prisoner until the “rising of the court”.

“Having read all the material I am satisfied that is unjust to activate all or part of that suspended sentence,” she said.

“Instead I order that you serve a part of your suspended imprisonment being a period of imprisonment to the rising of the court.”

Rising of the court is a sentence for which the guilty person is detained in a courtroom until the judge adjourns the court.

Mitchell will remain a reportable offender until late 2020.

Former teacher Darren Westley Mitchell.
Former teacher Darren Westley Mitchell.

Primary teacher’s sick secret filming acts at beach

A Victorian primary teacher who made sex tapes with a blow-up doll wearing a uniform from the school he taught at and filmed children at a Sunshine Coast beach using a secret camera watch was jailed for four years.

In other lewd incidents, the 40-year-old man made home videos where he stuck photographs of children he taught to the face of the blow-up doll.

The man also superimposed images of himself and children into other sexually explicit films, a Queensland court was told.

James Treasure came to the attention of police after parents reported his suspicious behaviour at Noosa Main Beach in July 2018, where they saw him following two sisters aged 10 and 12 on the beach and holding his watch up toward them.

He earlier last year pleaded guilty in the Brisbane District Court to two charges of making child exploitation material and one count of possessing the material.

Treasure was sentenced to four years’ jail for making the child porn and three years’ behind bars for possessing the material.

The court heard when Treasure was arrested he told police he was making the videos for “sexual gratification”.

When police raided the 40-year-old’s hotel room, they found 13 videos taken up children’s skirts at tourist hotspots at the Sunshine Coast including on Hastings St, a Big W store at Noosa Village and others filmed at the popular family spot – Eumundi Markets.

The court heard he had filmed up kids skirts from a camera he had fixed in the tongue of his shoe.

When police seized Treasure’s computers they found 3900 images of horrific child porn , including a video that featured a baby wearing a nappy and young girls crying while being forced to participate in sex acts, the court heard.

Judge Anthony Rafter said Treasure had “preyed on young children”.

Treasure, who has served 444 days on remand, was eligible to apply for parole on November 5 last year.

Raid finds 86k child porn images at man’s home

Children as young as two years old were seen among 86,000 child porn images police found during a raid of an “addicted” Coast man’s home.

Police also found 677 pornographic videos of children when they raided Andrew Grant Karsten’s Landsborough home in November 2018.

Crown prosecutor Will Slack said Karsten, 55, had material of children aged between two and 17.

“During the search, the defendant made admissions to police in relation to his possession of that material, how he obtained, his preference for the type of material and how often he had been looking at it for,” Mr Slack said.

The court heard that Karsten told police “You name it, I’ve got it. I’m guilty”.

The court also heard Karsten would use a specific search term to find images of 12 year olds “dressed up” where he could “see everything including their vagina”.

Karsten pleaded guilty at Maroochydore District Court to one count of possessing child exploitation material.

He was sentenced to two years in jail, suspended for an operational period of three years.

Andrew Grant Karsten was found with thousands of child porn images at his home.
Andrew Grant Karsten was found with thousands of child porn images at his home.

Sexual ‘deviant’ who lured boys released despite ‘risk’

A predator struck up a game of “truth or dare” to lure two young boys from a Sunshine Coast lake to a sewer drain where he offered them $5 each for a “blow job”.

Police had raided Jackson Tyler Coyle’s laptop months earlier and uncovered 228 vile videos and 70 images of children as young as one being sexually abused.

Coyle, aged 25 of Buderim, pleaded guilty in Maroochydore District Court to possessing child exploitation material and to two counts of grooming children under 12 with intent to procure them for a sexual act.

Crown prosecutor Katherine Milbourne told the court the boys declined Coyle’s disgusting proposition and rode off in separate directions.

Coyle rode after the youngest and loitered outside his home.

When police questioned Coyle days later, he said he saw the boys “riding around the neighbourhood and he just wanted to be near them so bad”.

Judge Michael Rackemann condemned Coyle for acting on his “deviant sexual urges”.

He described the child exploitation material in Coyle’s possession as “vile” and said it included disturbing footage of young boys being penetrated.

“The majority of material concerned boys in the age bracket of 5-10 years, although there were some images of boy in the 1-5 year age bracket,” he said.

For the grooming charges, Coyle was sentenced to two years’ jail, to be served concurrently, suspended after the 305 days already served for an operational period of five years.

A conviction was recorded for possessing child exploitation material and Coyle was sentenced to three years’ probation on special conditions.

Jackson Tyler Coyle.
Jackson Tyler Coyle.

Chance convicted child groomer could be released from jail

A convicted child sex predator with “significant psychopathic traits” was to be assessed by two psychiatrists to determine whether he would be a danger to the community if released from jail.

Shiloh Dakota William Harmatz, 24, was sentenced in the Maroochydore District Court for 40 child-sex crimes, including grooming a child under 16, indecent treatment of a child and possessing child exploitation material.

Six girls aged between 12 and 14 were manipulated into sending a combined 191 nude photographs to Harmatz, who told police he didn’t care how old they were, as long as they were hot.

He was jailed for 18 months on top of other sentences he was already serving and is due for release on November 17, 2020.

In a court document handed down by the Supreme Court of Queensland, it was determined Harmatz first needs to undergo psychiatric examination to determine if he would be a danger to the community if released.

According to court documents, Harmatz would primarily add his victims on Facebook before using Snapchat to exchange nude photographs with them.

The videos Harmatz sent to his victims included him masturbating and on one occasion, ejaculating into a pot plant.

Justice David Boddice said after taking into account Dr Beech’s reports and Harmatz’s criminal history, he believed Harmatz would be a “serious danger” to the community if released.

Mr Boddice said there were reasonable grounds to order the psychiatric examination.

He stated here was an “unacceptable risk” Harmatz would commit serious sexual offences against children if he was released from custody without the order.

Child rapist appeals 10-year jail sentence

A convicted rapist who sexually abused two young brothers appealed his 10-year jail sentence, arguing that it was “manifestly excessive”.

Christopher John McCoy, 28, groomed two Sunshine Coast boys, who were then aged 7 and 8, before subjecting them to horrific abuse between 2011 and 2013.

In 2018, a jury found McCoy guilty of multiple counts of rape, indecent treatment of a child and maintaining a sexual relationship.

He also pleaded guilty to possessing and accessing child exploitation material.

He challenged his sentence in the Court of Appeal arguing that he should have been given less time because of his young age, mental illness and prospects for rehabilitation.

But the Court of Appeal upheld the sentence, ruling that it adequately reflected his “abhorrent behaviour” towards the brothers and his criminal history.

McCoy had breached a suspended sentence for sexual offending and had previously been convicted of sexually abusing two other young boys.

The harrowing details of McCoy’s offending were detailed in the Court of Appeal’s judgment.

Between December 31 and January 2013, McCoy raped and sexually abused the two brothers, sometimes filming the abuse and offering bribes for sexual acts.

When police interviewed him about the offending, McCoy told officers he liked young boys aged 11-13 and would often trawl through Twitter profiles to try to connect with other people who liked children.

McCoy also told the police he had made contact with a teenage boy in the US who had sent him child exploitation material of other young children.

At his sentence in 2018, Judge Anthony Rafter told McCoy that his offending involved manipulation and grooming and showed a “complete absence of remorse”.

Child rapist Christopher John McCoy.
Child rapist Christopher John McCoy.