Porn on the job clerk gets busted

Porn on the job clerk gets busted

KUALA LUMPUR - A sting to find the man behind a free-access porn site led to the conviction of an accounts clerk who had thousands of pornographic photos and videos.

Asnizukacaras Saari, 36, pleaded guilty to distributing offensive content by uploading pornographic material to a website, Blog Video Panas Yamani Salim.

He ran the site while working at the Military Housing Cooperative in Setapak.

According to the statement of facts, the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission began a sting operation following a complaint about the porn blog on Dec 2, 2013.

On Feb 4 last year, an undercover officer contacted the blog administrator through its listed e-mail.

Based on the reply, the officer obtained the IP address and handphone number.

The officer used the IP address to determine the administrator's location and confirmed Asnizukacaras' identity through a check with Celcom Mobile Sdn Bhd.

MCMC then raided his workplace and found 2,590 pornographic images and 131 lewd videos saved on a computer, several hard disk drives and a handphone.

It was learnt that the blog had been a "passion project" as Asnizukacaras made no profit from the site that neither used a paywall nor advertising.

Prosecuting officer Zairul Nahar Zakaria urged the court to impose as harsh sentence, saying that the blog was widely accessible and would lead the public astray.

As of press time, the blog, which had 1,290 followers, had been suspended.

Asnizukacaras pleaded for leniency, saying that it was his first offence and that the cooperative had given him a second chance.

Sessions judge Zulqarnain Hassan said it was a serious offence, citing a similar case in Alor Setar where the offender was fined RM5,000 (S$1850).

"The court takes such matters seriously, as such material could lead the public to deviant behaviour," said the judge, slapping Asnizukacaras with a fine of RM18,000.

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