Former Policeman Gets Slap on Wrist for 40 Years of Child Porn, Molestation and Rape

By Dea Clark and Jason Rawlins – 11/02/2010 – Updated 7 minutes ago

Moore was a former police officer who had appeared on commercial television children's shows.

Moore was a former police officer who had appeared on commercial television children’s shows. (ABC News – file image)

Former Queensland police officer David Warren Moore, 55, has received a wholly suspended jail sentence to possessing child exploitation material.

After spending the night in custody, Moore walked from the Brisbane District Court a free man after Judge Leanne Clare ordered a 15-month jail term be suspended immediately.

Moore sobbed loudly as Judge Clare told the court the 55-year-old had paid a high price for his offending.

Judge Clare said recent publicity had gone beyond public humiliation and did not accurately reflect Moore’s offending behaviour.

In 1987, Moore was jailed for two-and-a-half-years after engaging in sodomy with a 16-year-old boy.

His four children only found out about his past history of child sex offences through publicity of this most recent case.

Moore, who was commonly known to commercial TV viewers in the 1980s as ‘Officer Dave’, pleaded guilty yesterday to possessing a VHS recording featuring naked boys aged 12 to 15, one of whom is shown performing a sex act.

Prosecutor Jacob Robson told the court yesterday police executed a search warrant on Moore’s Aspley video production business in May last year.

The court heard the images are believed to date back to the 1970s.

Leon Ackermann, who represented Moore, said his client was a former police officer who had appeared on commercial television children’s shows.

Mr Ackermann told the court any jail time would be more onerous for Moore.

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