Last Update: Saturday, May 14, 2005. 6:02am (AEST)
Teacher walks free after child-porn conviction

A Perth school teacher has received a suspended jail term for possessing almost 1,000 images of child pornography.

Martin Peter Ernest Goodall was arrested last year as part of a nationwide crackdown on child pornography on the Internet.

The District Court was told the images featured naked girls, some in sexual poses.

There was also a short movie featuring a girl aged about 12 or 13.

Goodall's lawyer said his client had blurred the edges of his lawful interests in photography and nudism.

Judge Michael Muller said the nature of the images was at the lower end of the scale of seriousness because they did not feature children engaging in sexual activity.

He imposed an eight-month suspended jail term.