Possession of Child Pornography

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Possession of Child Pornography

Section 70 of the Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) sets out the statutory offence of possession of child pornography.  In Victoria, the maximum penalty is 5 years imprisonment. Depending on the number of charges, a finding of guilt may result in registration on the Sex Offenders Register.

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To prove this offence, the prosecution must establish the following beyond reasonable doubt:

  1. That the accused possessed a film, photograph, publication or computer game that is classified RC or X or X 18+ or would, if classified, be classified RC or X or X 18+;
  2. That film, photograph, publication or computer game describes or depicts a person who is, or appears to be, a minor engaging in sexual activity or depicted in an indecent sexual manner or context;
  3. That the film, photograph, publication or computer game does not possess artistic merit;
  4. That the action of the accused in possessing the film, photograph, publication or computer game was intentional; and
  5. That the possession was not for a genuine medical, legal, scientific or educational purpose.


Section 70 also provides for several statutory defences to the charge.  Some defences include:

  1. Classification other than RC or X or X 18+;
  2. Artistic merit;
  3. Genuine medical, legal, scientific or educational purpose;
  4. Minor was older than 18 years or married to minor;
  5. Accused not more than 2 years older than the minor; or
  6. Accused is a minor depicted.


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