Qld Primary Teacher On Child Pornography Charges
A Queensland teacher caught with more than 7000 child pornography images has had his sentencing delayed after questions were raised about a psychologist's report that found no evidence of pedophilic tendencies.
Maximilian Ernst Hodgess was due to be sentenced in Brisbane on Wednesday but his case was adjourned amid concerns the report conflicted with the primary school teacher's admissions to police that strongly indicated pedophilic tendencies.
District Court Judge Terry Martin said Hodgess admitted he had masturbated to images of child pornography to prevent physical contact with children.
But Judge Martin said the report didn't detect pedophilic arousal tendencies.
"What then was he (psychologist) treating Mr Hodgess for and how then can he conclude that he is a low risk of reoffending in circumstances where he seems to be unaware of his pedophilic tendencies?" he said.
"A lot of the report was taken up with it seems anxiety, depression and other personality flaws ... at the end of the day with a relatively vague reference to why we are all here."
Hodgess pleaded guilty after facing charges of possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access child pornography material following a Queensland Crime and Corruption Commission investigation.
The 44-year-old, who taught in southeast Queensland, was arrested in June last year following the investigation, which resulted in the seizure of a laptop and storage device.
Defence Barrister Don MacKenzie requested a short adjournment so his client could investigate his options, which include getting a fresh psychologist's report or being sentenced.
Judge Martin adjourned the case to May 17 and tightened Hodgess' bail conditions.