Toowoomba man caught with 375 child porn images walks free

A TOOWOOMBA man who used online chatrooms to view and distribute hundreds of images of child pornography has walked free from the city's District Court.

Judge Catherine Muir ruled that Jeremy Brock Biber's early guilty plea to the charges and cooperation with police warranted that he avoid serving actual time in jail, despite admitting to having 375 graphic images and videos of children on his mobile phone.

He was charged with one count each of possessing, distributing and using a carriage service to access child exploitation material.

Crown prosecutor Noel Needham told the court the 23-year-old joined a group chat called '18+' on the popular messaging service KIK where explicit images of children were traded before starting a private conversation with someone from the group called "Harriet P".

Jeremy Brock Biber was convicted of the child pornography charges today. Photo: Contributed.
Jeremy Brock Biber was convicted of the child pornography charges today. Photo: Contributed.

From there, Biber sent child porn to Harriet P in exchange for what he believed were naked pictures of her.

The pictures found in his possession included girls aged seven to 12.

It was also revealed that Biber emailed Harriet P a link to an 8gb DropBox containing child pornography during their online communications between 2016 and 2017.

Toowoomba Courthouse Photo Bev Lacey / The Chronicle
The offences occurred in Toowoomba during 2016 and 2017. Bev Lacey

Crown prosecutor Needham told the court that given the majority of the pictures found were not of the most serious nature, Biber should only be given jail time "as a last resort".

Fifteen of them, however, were of the most graphic in nature as deemed by the courts.

Biber was sentenced to 12 months jail for using a carriage service to access the material, but released on two years parole today, and 18 and 15 months jail suspended for three years respectively for distributing and possessing child pornography.

"This type of offending is abhorrent," Jude Muir said.

"This is not a victimless crime somewhere in the world people are making videos exploiting these young girls who are being exposed to unimaginable exploitation to pleasure adults.

"They are real people, they are someone's sister, grandchild and friend.

"The market only exists for this type of material because people like you download it.

"I can tell you it was well within my sentencing range to send you to jail today.

"This is your chance to get on with your life."