Teacher to be sentenced on child porn charges

A QUEENSLAND teacher admitted to police he had pedophilic tendencies, but a report from his psychologist did not mention this.

This is why a District Court judge has adjourned the sentencing of former primary school teacher, Maximilian Ernst Hodgess, 44.

Hodgess, who lives at Bribie Island, was facing charges of possessing child pornography and had his case mentioned at Brisbane District Court on Wednesday.

Judge Terry Martin told the court he could not sentence the man because of the details contained in a psychological report.

The court heard Hodgess had admitted to police he had pedophilic tendencies but this was not mentioned in the report.

"No pedophilic arousal tendencies were evident during any assessments conducted." Judge Martin said the report stated.

Judge Martin said the psychologist was unaware Hodgess had pedophilic tendencies.

"That then leads to this obvious question: what then was he treating Mr Hodgess for and how then can he conclude that he's a low risk of re-offending in the circumstances?"

After a crime commission investigation, Hodgess was been charged with possessing child exploitation material and using a carriage service to access child pornography material.

His sentence was adjourned. - ARM NEWSDESK


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