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A Queensland police officer caught with more than 8000 child porn images on his home computer has avoided spending any time in jail.
Thomas James Anthony Wilson, 25, pleaded guilty in Brisbane's District Court today to possessing the lewd material, including pictures of boys as young as 10 engaging in sex acts.
He was sentenced to 18 months' jail, but the term was wholly suspended after his lawyer successfully argued Wilson had downloaded the images by mistake.
Police traced his credit card to a child porn website titled “Sunshine Boys”, where Wilson had paid a $35 access fee.
"I am also mindful that as a former police officer, a period of imprisonment would be harsher upon you."
I accept that you did not actively seek child pornography and these images were accessed somewhat accidentally
He was sentenced to 18 months' jail,[ but the term was wholly suspended after his lawyer successfully argued Wilson had downloaded the images by mistake.