Former fire fighter remains on bail to await sentencing

Tony Brian Gillespie is awaiting sentencing for multiple child pornography offences.
Tony Brian Gillespie is awaiting sentencing for multiple child pornography offences. Blainey Woodham

Update: 3.06pm March 17

A FORMER Banora Point fire fighter charged with child pornography offences will reappear in court next month. 

Tony Brian Gillespie, 31, was charged in November last year over a number of offences. 

On December 8, he pleaded guilty to four counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography material and possessing material intended to breach section 474.19.  

The matter went before Lismore Local Court on Tuesday, before being adjourned for April 7.

A sentencing date is expected to be chosen at that time. 


Update: January 12, 1.25pm

A FORMER Banora Point fire fighter who pleaded guilty to possessing and sharing child pornography will not face court again until March.    

Tony Brian Gillespie, 31, appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court for sentencing on Monday, but the case was adjourned to Lismore Local Court, after the Director of Public Prosecutions took over the sentencing.  

Gillespie was arrested on November 3 2014, after using a filesharing website to obtain and share child pornography photos and videos ranging through all six categories of severity.   

Police alleged Gillespie joined the website in April 2014 before downloading child abuse material from other users and sharing his login details.   

One user downloaded 83 files from his account, while another downloaded 6000, both containing child abuse material.   

On December 8, he pleaded guilty to four counts of using a carriage service to transmit, publish or promote child pornography material and possessing material intended to breach section 474.19.  

Gillespie's bail was continued, with strict conditions to reside at his parents' Banora Point home and avoid approaching children under 16.  

Initial report: December 15, 2014

A FORMER Tweed fire fighter has been convicted of child pornography charges after he downloaded and disseminated "thousands" of images and videos of child abuse material.

Tony Brian Gillespie, 31, was arrested at his Banora Point home on November 3, when police executed a search warrant.

In April Gillespie joined a particular filesharing site used to download and share child abuse material, court documents said.

Police alleged Gillespie began downloading files from other users, including child abuse material.

On Sunday, July 21, he joined online conversations about child abuse material under the user names "Tommyfun1" and "Tommyfun26".

During one of the conversations, he said "yeah, I like pre-teen", court documents stated.

He then provided his login details for other users to access files from his account.

One user downloaded 83 files from his computer, while another downloaded 6000, both containing child abuse material.

The material shared ranged throughout each of the six Child Exploitation Tracking Scheme categories of severity.

After searching his home, police seized two laptop computers and several mobile phones.

Gillespie told police "I have been downloading it. I downloaded it on my computer", the court heard.

It is expected to take several months for police to analyse the devices and establish the full extent of the offences.

Police said Gillespie gave a "frank and full" admission.

He appeared in Tweed Heads Local Court in November and again on Monday, December 8, and was granted strict conditional bail to reside at his parents' house and avoid approaching children under 16.

On Monday, he pleaded guilty to four counts of transmitting, publishing or promoting child pornography, one count of possessing child abuse material and one count of possessing material intended to breach section 474.10.

It is understood Gillespie resigned from Fire and Rescue NSW last week.

He is due to reappear for sentencing on January 12.

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