Darlington's Stephen Leishman being assessed for CCO after child porn admissions

​A DARLINGTON pensioner who uploaded 83 child pornography images and videos on a sharing website has pleaded guilty​ to child pornography offences.

Stephen Roy Leishman, 56, ​now of the Hopkins Correctional Centre in Ararat, ​pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool County Court ​on Monday ​to six child pornography ​charges.

He previously refused to plead guilty to one ​of the ​offences in July last year, ​then ​failed to appear in court.

His bail was revoked, a warrant was issued and he was arrested in Melbourne on March 11 this year. 

Leishman had spent 220 days in custody before Monday's plea hearing.

Judge John Smallwood​ was told that in mid 2013 an interstate law agency identified a hotmail account operated by Leishman and information was forwarded to Victoria Police. 

​On November 1 that year a warrant was executed at Leishman's home ​by Warrnambool police and other agencies ​and items were seized.

​​Leishman's offending relate​s to downloading images, logging on to a Russian image sharing website and then six times in April and May 2013 Leishman uploaded 83 files - 65 images and 27 videos - onto a sharing facility Sky Drive.

The majority of those images and videos were rated as category four, toward the most serious ​end ​of the five category rating scale.

Police also seized 239 images.

Leishman has prior convictions for sexual violence and stalking.

In 1984 he pushed a woman to the ground about midnight and kissed her above the genitals. 

She escaped by grabbing his genitals.

In 1987 he was jailed in Queensland for six months after grabbing a 12-year-old girl.

Leishman also has prior convictions for stalking and offensive behaviour.

Barrister Jarrod Williams said Leishman was deeply ashamed and embarrassed by his offending. ​He said he lost a child to a snake bite in Queensland​ years ago, a number of his children do not speak to him and he has been held ​in custody ​as a protected prisoner.

​​​Judge Smallwood foreshadowed he would jail Leishman which would be followed by a community corrections order with program conditions. 

​Office Of Corrections staff told the judge that due to Leishman's extensive history of sex offending​ - in Victoria and interstate - ​a detailed assessment needed to be undertaken, including ​investigations into ​whether he had completed a sex offender program.

Leishman will be back in court on November 17 to be sentenced. 

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