Probation for having child porn

Alan Raynor Gray outside the Launceston Magistrates Court. He was placed on a six-month probation order. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON
Alan Raynor Gray outside the Launceston Magistrates Court. He was placed on a six-month probation order. Picture: SCOTT GELSTON

A LILYDALE man has been placed on a six-month supervised probation order after being caught with child pornography on his computer.

Alan Raynor Gray, 28, of Lalla Road, was charged after police searched his home in July last year.

On his laptop police found 10 photos depicting naked young girls in sexual poses.

He later pleaded guilty in the Launceston Magistrates Court to one count of possessing child exploitation material and was sentenced yesterday.

In handing down his penalty, magistrate Tim Hill told Gray the offences were serious ones which called for a deterrent penalty.

However, he said he had also taken the accused's own personal circumstances, including a mild intellectual disability, into account.

Mr Hill rejected lawyer Evan Hughes's submission that Gray's name need not be placed on the state's sex offender register.

He said he could not be fully satisfied there was no risk he would reoffend - meaning he was required to make the order.

Gray must comply with the register's reporting conditions for three years.