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Teacher Escapes Jail for Dark Web Child Porn Charges.

 

Despite pleading guilty to a string of child pornography offences, Robert Zitzelsperger, 53, who was a teacher at Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College, will not spend a day behind bars. His offences included, possessing child abuse material and using a carriage service to access child pornography. In Sydney’s District court on November 24, Judge Diana Yehia sentenced the former science teacher, to 18 and 12 months sentences for each charge, to be served by way of an intensive corrections order in the community. He had previously pleaded guilty to both charges.

According to the agreed statement of facts, Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided Zitzelsperger home earlier this year and seized an ASUS laptop that he used to access the dark web and browse child pornography materials from sites such as “Childs Play”. The laptop also contained images of children in pornographic scenes. The officers also found a spiral notebook where Zitzelsperger had recorded usernames and passwords for the sites that he visited.

In an interview with the authorities, Zitzelsperger said he accessed the dark web so as to carry out research on child pornography.

In August, Judge Yehia concluded that imprisonment was an appropriate sentence. She postponed sentencing so that Zitzelsperger would undergo risk assessment to prove if he would serve the sentence in jail. The assessment later proved he could serve the sentence out of jail resulting to the issued sentence. The sentence also requires him to undertake a minimum of 32 hours of community service each month, live in approved locations, and remain under constant supervision.

Through its principal, Monte Sant’ Angelo Mercy College has verified that Zitzelsperger employment was terminated in June 2016.

Recently, Australian authorities have been going through lots of trouble in their efforts to expose and bring down pedophiles. Task Force Argos, an Australian law enforcement agency that focuses on fighting child exploitation crimes, resulted to hacking so as to unmask the real IP addresses of users of a dark web child porn site called The Love Zone. The task force had been running the site after arresting its Australian administrator. Generally, users connected to the site via Tor making it impossible for the task force to reveal their real locations. However, in retaliation, the task force hacked most of the users in an attempt to expose their real IP address. The site had over 29,000 users.

In its efforts to fight child pornography Task Force Argos once again ran a child porn site for nearly a year. Argos assumed the identity of “Childs Play” operators and maintained the site for 11 consecutive months. Their operation resulted in open investigations of suspected users of the site all over the world. In this operation, the task force had to post pictures of children being abused, showing how far they were willing to go in their fight against child porn.

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