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Lynton Moore has been jailed for two-and-a-half years. Photo: Ten Eyewitness News Perth

A police detective caught up in a worldwide operation combating child pornography has been jailed for more than two years by a judge in Perth.

Lynton John Moore, 30, was one of hundreds of men arrested after a global operation to track down the client list of a Canadian-hosted website which allowed customers to trade and purchase child sex images and videos.

In June, Moore was raided by his WA police colleagues who found more than 20,000 images and videos featuring boys as young as seven being exploited.

He also refused to hand over the password to the hard disks containing the images – which Judge Ronald Birmingham said were “vile and degrading”.

“To say these images were disturbing is an understatement,” Judge Birmingham said.

Moore, who briefly worked as a teacher before joining the police, was a decorated detective when he was arrested, having received a commendation for attempting to revive a murder victim, and being involved in church activities.

But lawyer Mark Andrews said his client also had deep underlying emotional and psychological issues including a lack of strategies to cope with job stresses.

He had lost his job as a result of the charges, Perth District Court was told, and as a former detective he will have to serve his sentence in a segregated special handling unit.

Moore pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing the material found in his home, and was sentenced to two years and six months in prison. He will be eligible for parole.

In all, more than 60 men and over 400 charges have been laid as part of Operation Thunderer, the Australian arm of the global operation emanating out of Canada.

That operation, codenamed Project Spade, was launched three years ago by Toronto police and is believed to has disbanded a global child abuse ring, and led to the arrest of almost 350 suspects worldwide.

Seven men from WA – including priests and teachers – were last week charged with various offences related to their alleged involvement.






A Sydney doctor will face court after child pornography, steroids and cocaine were found in a home in the city’s CBD, police say.

Police said they searched his home on Macquarie Street on Wednesday evening, where they allegedly found mobile phones and a computer containing child porn.

Officers also seized cocaine and steroids.

The 31-year-old doctor was arrested and later charged with possessing child abuse material and drugs offences.

He was granted conditional bail and will face Downing Centre Local Court on October 24.



Muirhead pleads not guilty

to child porn charges

Andrew Darby, Hobart

February 3, 2011 – 9:28AM

ABC Radio and TV presenter Andy Muirhead.ABC Radio and TV presenter Andy Muirhead.

Former ABC presenter Andy Muirhead today pleaded not guilty to two child pornography charges in the Hobart Magistrates Court.

Muirhead, the former host of the popular ABC TV seriesĀ The Collectors, was bailed to appear for trial in the Tasmanian Supreme Court on April 4.

The pleas came almost eight months after Australian Federal Police officers searched his Sandy Bay home and seized his computer.

Muirhead, 34, was first charged in June with the federal offence of using the internet for child pornography.

He immediately took unpaid leave fromĀ The Collectors and his hosting role on ABC Radio in Hobart.

In August, he was charged with the state-based offence of possessing child exploitation material.

Muirhead stood in suit and tie before magistrate Sam Mollard today, but the not guilty pleas were entered on his behalf by his lawyer, Marita Altman.

Outside the court, Muirhead walked away without responding to questions from reporters.

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