Ballarat man jailed over child porn

A BALLARAT man claimed to have had one of Australia's largest volume of child pornography material in his possession has been jailed.More than 900,000 items of child pornography was found in Stacy Livitsanis' possession after customs officials raided his home on July 3.The 30-year-old was yesterday sentenced to three years and nine months' jail with a minimum of two years and three months.He was registered a sex offender for life.County Court Judge Joe Gullaci told Livitsanis, who had few friends and led an isolated life, that he derived sexual gratification from his offending.Among Livitsanis' child pornography material were photographic images, video files, text files and DVDs.He had also written a number of child pornography stories, which he saved on his computer. The stories were published on a website and available for public viewing.Livitsanis had used email to send child pornography material with a number of these sent to a man in Brazil, who he told "I don't want to sound so eager, but I would love it if you could send as many images as possible...".He used websites to access child pornography material and made it available to other users.Livitsanis was initially charged with two offences on July 3, but during another interview on September 15, he admitted he had bought a new laptop computer which contained child pornography stories.The prosecution had said Livitsanis contributed to the ongoing exploitation of young females and to the movement of child pornography across the world.The prosecution believed he had the largest volume of child pornography material in his possession in the country.In sentencing, Judge Gullaci took into account Livitsanis' early guilty plea, clean criminal history and his expression of remorse and shame.Livitsanis pleaded guilty to eight child pornography-related charges, including importing child pornography, making child pornography and using a carriage or service to publish child pornography.