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Man Convicted On Child Porn Charges For The Fourth Time

Convicted pedophile Bradley Pen Dragon has been sentenced to more than four years in jail for accessing child pornography online just two days after his prison release for a separate violent crime in Perth.

The 58-year-old infamously spent 13 years in a Thai jail for sexually abusing children and has been repeatedly convicted in Western Australia for child exploitation offences.

When Dragon committed his latest crimes, he had only walked free from prison two days earlier after serving the full length of a five-year term for brandishing a knife at a mother as she placed her 11-month-old daughter in a car.

Dragon spent almost five hours on a public computer at a backpackers hostel in August 2017, the WA District Court heard on Thursday.

Among the terms he searched online were "Russian child models", "pre-teen porn" and "anime child incest".

On another day, he spent six hours on a public computer to view content involving children aged between two and 16.

When he was questioned by police, Dragon denied deliberately searching for the child exploitation material.

"These things just keep popping up when I use the internet," he told police.

Judge Hylton Quail said that explanation was a lie and described the offending as brazen because other people were using nearby public computers at the same time.

"Some of the material, albeit animated, ... is horrifying," he said.

Dragon pleaded guilty to two counts of using a carriage service to access child pornography material.

Prosecutors dropped four other counts of possessing child exploitation material.

Judge Quail said although Dragon ticked every box for the refusal of parole, it would be in the interests of the community that he receive parole supervision.

He said he had difficulty believing the community could be protected from Dragon without some supervision order upon his release.

Judge Quail said Dragon's prospects for rehabilitation were slim if he did not complete treatment courses.

"I'm not writing you off completely," he said.

Dragon was sentenced to four years and four months in prison.

He must spend at least three years and four months behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.

AAP

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