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Dad Convicted Of Porn, Kept Stepdaughters' Sexting

| by Michael Allen
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A man from Victoria, Australia, was recently convicted of possessing child pornography because he kept copies of his teen stepdaughters' texts to her boyfriend, which included naked pictures.

Ashan Ortell discovered his stepdaughter was sexting her boyfriend, took away cell her phone and reported the texting to her school and police, notes Australia's Eyewitness Ten News.

Ortell admitted in court that he copied the texts and images onto a USB flash drive because he wanted the police and school to take action in the sexting situation, reports The Age.

The 57-year-old man refused to delete the pictures, and his computer and flash drives were subsequently seized by the police in 2013.

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Ortell, who was responsible at the time for his ex-partner's daughter and his three kids, was sentenced to 12 months of probation by Judge Jane Patrick who called it a "very unusual case" that did not involve sexual gratification or exploitation.

"That is not the case in your situation," Patrick told Ortell. "You kept the images, I am satisfied, because you were very concerned about what had been going on and foolishly decided that this was the way to deal with it."

Patrick also said that Ortell's crime was at the "lowest end of this type of offending in terms of moral culpability," The Age reports. She added, "There is no suggestion of any exploitation of them by anybody. You made no attempt to conceal the images. In fact, you were so concerned that you contacted the authorities about the images."

Ortell could have gone to jail for up to five years, but instead will be placed on a sex offenders registry for eight years. He will have to report his whereabouts on a regular schedule and cannot have any job that involves working with children.

Police advised parents to set limits regarding cell phone use, discuss sexting with their children, and urge them not to communicate with strangers.

Sources: The Age, Eyewitness Ten News / Photo credit: Ed Yourdon/Flickr

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