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Meatworker escapes child porn charges

A meatworker employed at an Australian factory has escaped jail time for viewing more than 2000 child pornography videos and images, blaming it on being “curious.”

Brazilian immigrant Marco Antonio Ramos Silveira, 22, has been accused of downloading 2368 images of child pornography found onto his laptop and 102 images and 59 on his hard drive over a nine month period.

The man’s solicitor, Stephen Kissick, told the Rockhampton District Court his client had not previously had internet access, and viewed the images for curiosity not sexual attraction.

Silveria began work at the factory, where his parents also work, after completing secondary school in Brazil.

He was 19 when he downloaded the images and videos, and entered an early guilty plea to using a carriage service for access to child pornography and possession of child exploitation material.

A Brazilian-speaking interpreter translating each statement made in the courtroom said Silveira had no criminal history, but regretted his actions.

"These offences are not victimless crimes, they create a market for exploitation of children," he said.

Kissick said Silveira was very sorry for his offences and had never thought of abusing children.

"He didn’t accept the severity of this offence at the time," Kissick said.

"Perhaps because of the language barriers.

"He instructs his sexual orientation is to adult women."

No information on whether the man will remain employed at the meat factory is currently available.

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