A Victorian man who directed children in the Philippines to perform online sex shows via a webcam has been jailed for at least eight years.
Brunswick truck driver Brett Geoffrey Le Gassick, 43, had pleaded guilty to 25 charges relating to procuring a child for sexual activity and creating child pornography.
Victorian County Court Judge Elizabeth Gaynor said Le Gassick used the internet to remotely abuse more than 50 young girls who were living in poverty in the Philippines.
“The number of victims is extremely large, and the amount of damage caused is incalculable,” she said on Wednesday.
Le Gassick was jailed for 11 years with a non-parole period of eight years.
The court was told Le Gassick logged on to websites offering child sex shows, from 2009 to 2014, where he would negotiate a price for what he wanted to see.
Each session involved “you directing the child to perform certain acts, including penetration”, Judge Gaynor said.
The court heard Le Gassick would occasionally delete the contents of his computer but would later return to his offending, and that he expected to be caught.
“You should have realised the wrongness of your actions and their exploitative nature,” Judge Gaynor said.
The judge also said Le Gassick served a brief jail term in 2008 for possession of child pornography, though was not put through a sex offender rehabilitation program while behind bars.
“The court has seen this more than once – continued offending and escalating offending,” Judge Gaynor said, noting a rehabilitation program could have prevented this.
“The writing, if I can put it this way, was on the wall.”
Le Gassick faced both Victorian and Commonwealth charges including procuring a child for sex, causing a child to engage in sexual intercourse in his presence, and producing child pornography.