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Teen porn pics cost top cop his job

The former Kings Cross officer said he had sought out porn involving “legal models who looked young”. Picture: Jason O'Brien
The former Kings Cross officer said he had sought out porn involving “legal models who looked young”. Picture: Jason O'Brien

A SENIOR child abuse cop fired for looking at X-rated pictures of young girls claims investigators used "junk science" to conclude the images were of actual teenagers and not simply "legal models who looked young".

Former senior constable Mischa Konopka - who spent six years investigating child abuse cases - lost his fight to get his job back after the state's Industrial Relations Commission heard it was the second time he had been investigated for accessing such porn.

 

The Commission heard it was the second time former senior constable Mischa Konopka had been investigated for accessing such porn. Picture: Brianne Makin
The Commission heard it was the second time former senior constable Mischa Konopka had been investigated for accessing such porn. Picture: Brianne Makin

The 22-year police veteran had argued that images he downloaded were from commercial websites and there was no evidence the teenage girls were too young.

The former Kings Cross officer told the commission he viewed the exploitation of children as abhorrent but said reasonable adults would not find videos or images of "legal models who looked young" or "teen-themed porn" to be offensive. The commission was told the images were discovered in 2013 when police investigated an alleged incident involving Konopka and his former partner.

Konopka said he had done nothing wrong and detectives had used "guesswork", "magic powers" and "junk science" to conclude the girls were too young. He was not criminally charged because there was no evidence to prove the age of the girls.

Police Commissioner Mick Fuller told the commission Konopka had shown a disturbing lack of insight and had "displayed contempt and disrespect for the law" the police and his oath of office.

Commissioner John Murphy rejected Konopka's application to be reinstated to the police after finding that the images fell within the definition of "child pornography material" in the Commonwealth Criminal Code Act.

Topics:  investigator police pornography


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