German man to be deported over pornography charge in Australia

12th June 2008, Comments 0 comments

A German man faces deportation after arriving in Australia with child pornography

Sydney -- A German backpacker who arrived at Melbourne airport in January carrying child pornography involving children as young as three was placed in detention on Thursday pending his deportation from Australia.

Steffen Wieczorek, 23, of Wolfenbuttel, pleaded guilty to attempting to import child pornography on his portable computer hard drive.

He had arrived on a China Eastern Airlines flight on what he said was his first overseas trip. He didn't apply for bail.

Victorian County Court Judge Lisa Hannan, who described the material as "depraved and sickening," said Wieczorek's actions were ultimately responsible for the continuing abuse of children.

"Your possession itself plays a role in creating a demand for this type of material, which ultimately perpetuates its production," she was quoted as saying by Australia's AAP news agency.

She sentenced the forklift driver to 12 months in jail, of which he should serve five months. Because he has been held in custody since January, he was put on a good behaviour bond for the remaining seven months.

Wieczorek had no criminal history and Hannan said there was no evidence he was part of an international child pornography ring.

Wieczorek arrived on a three-month tourist visa and intended to stay 15 days.


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