Teenager jailed for nine years after he was found guilty of possessing child pornography, sexual offences and possessing a device that caused harm to a child, according to court documents.
The defendant, identified as Anthony, had allegedly made the video to humiliate a teenage girl and had a video camera in his pocket.
Anthony’s mother and the girl’s father, who was also present at the court, told the court that they were shocked to hear about the video and the court heard that Anthony had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder.
Anthony’s mother said she had seen Anthony for a couple of years and the teenager seemed like a normal kid.
She said she knew he wasn’t a bad kid, but he did have problems with drugs and was depressed and suicidal.
He had no previous convictions for any offences, the court was told.
The court heard Anthony had tried to sell the video camera to his friends for $200.
During the trial, the defence argued that Anthony was an ordinary teenager who had never been to a party before, had been at a club and had been smoking pot.
“He had a job at a restaurant,” the defence said.
“He wasn’t at school.”
The trial judge said the video was “grossly offensive”.
The judge also described Anthony as “a typical 17-year-old male” and said Anthony was “one of the most violent and violent offenders” he had ever dealt with.
After sentencing, Anthony’s father said he was “shocked” to hear that his son had been convicted of such serious offences.
“It is an awful thing that happened,” Anthony’s lawyer, Robert Hickey, told reporters outside the court.
“This is a young man who is in his early twenties, who is at home with his mum, and who was doing the video with his mates.”
Anthony is scheduled to be sentenced on January 19.
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