A Melbourne father who took naked photos and videos of himself in front of his three young children has been jailed.
The British-born father of three was also found in possession of nearly 5000 child sexual abuse images.
He’s now been jailed for two-and-a-half years, registered as a serious sexual offender for life and will be deported.
The 54-year-old man admitted taking photos of his naked, erect penis with his children in the background. It wasn’t alleged the children knew or could see what he was doing.
In one case his now former wife caught him taking a picture. His penis was exposed and his daughter was behind him, unaware of what he was doing.
She tried to grab his phone but he locked himself in a bathroom. She later found a video on his phone, panning from one of his children to his groin.
In another case he took a photo of one of his daughters lying on his lap. Both were clothed, but he captioned the photo “eight year old on my cock”.
After his arrest police found 4911 images and videos of child abuse material, unrelated to his own children.
They included more than 1400 images showing sexual activity between children, and others showing sexual activity between adults and children.
He admitted eight offences, including producing and possessing child abuse material, and indecent acts with and in front of his three children.
The father claimed he had an addiction, the dark side of which involved taking pictures of himself with his children around.
He said he was excited by the idea that nobody around knew what he was doing.
“Thinking about it now makes me sick to my stomach,” he said.
The man’s former wife says she worried what others would think if they found out what the man had done.
“We are the ones who now suffer,” she said.
The man claimed he too had suffered, but justifiably so.
A Victorian County Court judge on Wednesday accepted the man was remorseful for his behaviour.
He must serve at least 20 months behind bars.