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Photographers plead guilty to child abuse

Two amateur photographers have pleaded guilty to committing unrelated child sex abuse-related crimes, with one Sydney photographer carrying out offences during photo shoots.

The two court cases have no connection with each other. But given reports of the two guilty pleads came within four days of each other, Inside Imaging is covering both cases involving in one article.

The two cases join a hefty list of disturbing sexual abuse crimes committed by amateur photographers, and in some instances the perpetrators leverage their photo studio to gain access to victims and commit criminal acts.

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Genesis Cerezo, Sydney

Cerezo, an amateur photographer and one-time Australia’s Got Talent finalist, pleaded guilty to four charges related to possessing child abuse material, after police seized his cameras and computers from his Hurstville home during a search in December, 2021.

Genesis Cerezo was a finalist in Australia’s Got Talent for beat boxing.

The 30-year-old possessed more than 1000 images and 120 videos showing ‘prepubescent children’ involved or witnessing a sexual act, classed by interpol as ‘Category One’ material, on his camera storage cards, computer, phones, and cloud storage accounts.

The photographer also pleaded to ‘using a child over 14 to make child abuse material’, according to news wire service, Australian Associated Press. NSW Child Abuse and Sex Crime Squad detectives set up Strike Force McIvor in July 2021 after reports of a teenage girl being sexually abused, leading to the raid where dozens of criminal images taken by Cerezo were found. The pictures were taken in the months before the victim’s 16th birthday.

Cerezo is due to be sentenced on April 21.

Cadman Rossignoli.

Cadman Rossignoli, Melbourne

Rossignoli, a semi-pro photographer, lost his job and photo business after child sex charges were exposed by the Herald Sun in June 2022. The court heard he hopes to resurrect the photography business, with a psychologist telling the court he’s a ‘low risk of sexual offending’.

The photographer was sentenced to a 24-month community correction order after pleading guilty to committing sexual acts on a child under 16, as well as pleading guilty to procuring a minor for child pornography and other charges.

The Herald Sun article contains more in-depth details, which can be read here.

The crimes were committed between 2012 and 2013 in Melbourne’s South East. Rossignoli was convicted and ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid community work.

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