Jail for child porn offender

A CHILD pornography offender caught in a nationwide Australian Federal Police investigation has been sentenced to jail in Dubbo District Court.

Adam William Quelch, aged 40, was one of 11 people arrested in June last year.

The court heard computers and external hard drives were seized from the home Quelch shared with his wife and children when police raided a sheep, cattle and cropping property located midway between Narrabri and Bingara.

The raid followed the detection of online activity by a covert police team in Canberra.

Quelch was prosecuted under state and Commonwealth child abuse legislation.

Guilty pleas were entered to charges of accessing, possessing, disseminating and making available child pornography.

The charges related to thousands of images of children, aged from one to 17 years.

Judge Gordon Lerve was told the bulk of the images were of pre-pubescent children.

Quelch was charged with seven counts of bestiality, involving dogs and horses, after investigators found computer images of sexual acts with animals.

The court heard the bestiality offences, described in a psychiatrist's report as zoophilia, occurred on the family property "at different times of the day" across more than seven years.

The bestiality charges were dismissed by the court.

Judge Lerve handed down a series of jail sentences, to date from July 23 last year. The sentences totalled five years and five months. A non-parole period of 24 months was set.

Quelch has been on remand in jail since August 10 last year. He will be eligible for release on parole from January 22 next year.