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Australian fined for child porn

Date: August 17, 2004
Source: Herald Sun

AN Australian man living in Hong Kong was sentenced today to a suspended three-month jail term and fined $HK10,000 ($1787) for possession of child pornography.

Air traffic controller Peter Colin Bower pleaded guilty earlier to possession of child pornography after police arrested him for having compact discs containing objectionable material at his home on May 17.

Magistrate Ernest Lin sentenced Bower to a three-month term that was suspended for three years, which means he will only serve the sentence if he commits another offence within three years, according to a court document obtained by The Associated Press today.

Department of Justice spokesman Felix Leung said he didn't know Bower's hometown in Australia.

Possession of child pornography carries a maximum penalty of five years in jail and a fine of HK$1 million ($178,733).

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