Paul Boorman tries to cover up as he leaves Supreme Court after his sentencing. *Photo by Simon Jones
Paul Boorman tries to cover up as he leaves Supreme Court after his sentencing. *Photo by Simon Jones

MONDAY, JULY 2, 4:45PM UPDATE: A former Reserve Police Officer has been jailed for 12 months for accessing child porn.

Paul Boorman downloaded a total of more than 130 pictures and videos depicting children engaged in explicit sexual activity.

The 44-year-old used a laptop computer to view the images between November 2008 and October 2009 while he lived with his mother.

Police descended on his mother's Paget property on October 14 and seized the computer.

It was analyzed by an expert and found to contain dozens of indecent images of children.

At Supreme Court today Boorman was jailed for a total of 12 months. He was also ordered to complete three years probation on his release.

He told the court: "I am grateful to those who have befriended and supported me over the last three years.

"As a result of poor judgement and with no evil intentions I have brought embarrassment and shame on my family and former police cohorts.

"I regret my actions and apologise for them."

Boorman admitted 14 counts of accessing child porn at a previous hearing.

Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves said: "In this jurisdiction these offences are considered to be very serious and so offenders can generally expect an immediate custodial sentence."

Boorman's lawyer, Liz Christopher, told the court that her client had no previous convictions and had been a Reserve Police Constable since 2004.

She added: "At the time of these offences he was a probationary police officer.

"He may have appreciated that this was wrong but not illegal."