Principal jailed over child porn

A Melbourne Archdiocesan primary school principal convicted of having child pornography on his school and home computers has been sentenced to six months in jail.

The Herald-Sun reports that Terrence James Wescott downloaded hundreds of images of children as young as nine, Geelong Magistrates' Court heard on Thursday.

Police found more than 50,000 references to the word "Lolita" on Wescott's computer hard drives, the court heard.

Wescott, 56, of Torquay, pleaded not guilty to one charge of knowingly possessing child pornography.

Magistrate Jon Klestadt described the now former principal's fall from grace as all the more appalling because he held a position of power and importance at St Therese's Catholic Primary School in Torquay.

"It may be said that those who seek to profit from the exploitation and degradation of children rely on people such as yourself," Mr Klestadt told him.

"You have let down your family and community."

Wescott was charged in the nation's biggest child porn crackdown, Operation Auxin.

Police seized computers from his school office, his home and a laptop from a computer repair shop late last year.

Prosecutor Sgt Geoff Balchin said Wescott's Visa card had been used to make two payments to a company linked to a pornographic website.

Principal jailed over child porn (Herald-Sun 29/4/05)

2 May 2005