Jail sentence replaced with bond for child pornography charge

SEVERITY APPEAL: A man who was found to have child abuse material on his computer hard drive has had an appeal accepted and sentence reduced in Orange District Court.
SEVERITY APPEAL: A man who was found to have child abuse material on his computer hard drive has had an appeal accepted and sentence reduced in Orange District Court.

A man who was sentenced to 12 months of imprisonment with six months non-parole for possessing child pornography has had his appeal upheld in Orange District Court.

John Thomas Davies, 52, of Jubilee Avenue, was sentenced to jail in Orange Local Court on April 3 for possessing child abuse material.

However, on Thursday, a severity appeal was upheld and the sentence was reduced to a two-year good behaviour bond.

Davies had been released on bail on April 3 when the severity appeal was lodged. 

In the application, Davies’ solicitor Mick Madden said all computers and items that could connect to the internet had been taken by police.

Between July 2013 and January 2015, investigators from the NSW Police Force Child Exploitation Investigation Unit received information that Davies’ email addresses had accessed a website containing child abuse material and images were sent to his assumed online identity.

Davies was arrested after police executed a search warrant at his house at 8.30am on February 18, 2016, and seized a laptop and two hard drives.

During an examination of the contents of the seized items, police found an image of boys engaged in a sexual act and fully-dressed girls exposing their underwear. 

He was charged with possessing child abuse material between March 13, 2011 and February 18, 2016.