ELMORE CHILD PORN MAN JAILED

EXPLICIT IMAGES: Steven Burke admitted to a psychologist the pornography was his `bad secret’.
EXPLICIT IMAGES: Steven Burke admitted to a psychologist the pornography was his `bad secret’.

AN Elmore man who used stolen computers to view images and videos of girls as young as seven in sexually explicit poses has been jailed for 12 months.Steven Douglas Burke stored 700 images and watched 80 movies, some of young girls having sex with older men.A former senior manager with Bolton’s Office National in Williamson Street, Burke yesterday pleaded guilty at the Bendigo Magistrates Court to five counts of theft, one of dealing with property suspected to be from the proceeds of crime, and one of possessing child pornography.While admitting a “preference” for girls aged between 14 and 17, the court was told images on Burke’s computers included those of three-year-olds.Much of the material included pornography Burke had hidden from police when he was arrested in 2003 on similar charges.After being released from prison, he uploaded the old material onto stolen $4400 Apple computers from Bolton’s Office National.The court was told Burke began employment with the company in November 2007, quickly moving through senior management positions in customer service manager, retail, and business technology.“Throughout his employment,” Leading Senior Constable Snell said, “the defendant would over order particular stock lines . . . and at various stages took these items from the workplace for his personal use.”Between March and April this year, Burke logged onto the operational system to make stock adjustments in the order of more than $6500.He later used administrator privileges to alter the company’s bank account details to ensure incentive payments from suppliers were paid directly into his own account.Further offending was also detailed to the court.Defence barrister Rod Willcox said the pornographic material had made his client “feel better’.Burke admitted to a psychologist it was his “bad secret”.Mr Willcox said Burke was born and raised in the Bendigo and Elmore regions before attending Rochester Secondary College and completing a Sports Management degree at Victoria University.Mr Willcox asked the court to recognise Burke’s need for urgent and professional assistance.“This offending is disturbing,” magistrate Richard Wright acknowledged.“At the end of the day, it requires the strongest condemnation of the court,” he added.On all charges, Burke was convicted and sentenced to 12 months’ jail.He will be eligible for parole in March 2010.