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Australian Teacher kills himself over child-porn charge... [Jun. 6th, 2008|05:39 pm]
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From Top News Law (India)

Posted June 6th, 2008 by Saurav Shukla

Sydney - Australian police investigating an international child pornography ring confirmed Friday that a 59-year-old teacher had committed suicide rather than face charges in court.

Teachers, youth workers and a policeman were among 90 men, aged 19-81, charged in the nation's biggest ever swoop on those engaged in child pornography.

The Interpol-led investigation was triggered six months ago when a hacker infiltrated a respectable European web site to post 99 pictures of young girls being abused. The site, which was only up for 76 hours, received an astonishing 12 million hits from 150,000 computer users.

More than 1,500 Australians, using 2,883 computer IP addresses, have been identified as visitors to the site.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson said many more charges were expected.


Hold it. This was a "respectable European web site" and the site had 12 million hits ? Were all these hits related to the images which were seemingly placed into the site by a hacker and if so why should people kill themselves for possibly accidentally finding material on a respectable web site. I doubt if the 12 million hits were related to child pornography BUT those who accessed what is described as a "respectable" site would have been in possession of illegal images and then unconvicted ( but charged ) they kill themselves just on the allegation alone.


At the same time according to Sydney Morning Herald today..

Daniel Emerson
June 6, 2008 - 2:00PM

Photographer Bill Henson and the Sydney gallery which displayed his controversial pictures of naked children last month will not be prosecuted after police accepted there was no reasonable prospect of conviction.


Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he stands by his views that the Henson pictures were "absolutely revolting" but they should be independent of the law.

"I ... said what my views are as a parent, I don't budge from that. But I'm not about to go around and start dictating to the legal authorities what they should or should not do," Mr Rudd told the Nine Network.

"Organisations like that are at arm's length from politicians. It's a matter for those bodies independently, including the legal authorities, to evaluate these matters and reach their own determination."