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Ex-priest faces child pornography charges in New South Wales court

SYDNEY, Australia: A former Catholic priest who sexually exploited boys in poor Asian countries spoke about his victims and his modus operandi to make most of the poolside weekend.

Peter Andrew Hansen also lamented the possibility the King of Thailand would die “before I get there and everything is shut”.

The former Melbourne priest, a Labour Party official and lawyer, has pleaded guilty in the NSW District Court in Sydney to 31 charges.

They include producing child pornography in Vietnam and the Philippines, distributing child exploitation material and engaging in sexual activity with nine boys.

The now 63-year-old was arrested at Sydney airport in October 2018 on his way back from Vietnam.

He appeared via audio-visual link from prison on Thursday as Judge James Bennett outlined his offending at the start of his lengthy sentencing remarks.

The judge referred to online encrypted exchanges between Hansen, using the moniker Baga Tay, and another person called “Maliboy Hornbag”.

Hansen sent images of boys and said he was “hoping to keep the camera running” in the Philippines.

“I am still thinking of how I can milk the max out of my poolside weekend”. He referred to news about the health of the King of Thailand.

“With my bloody luck, he dies before I get there and everything is shut,” he said, adding he hoped (the king) “lasts long enough for me to get about”.

Maliboy Hornbag warned him not to overspend, saying “they become greedy, that is what Manila is like now”.

Hansen replied not only would he not overspend: “I can’t”.

His offending included paying sums – sometimes the equivalent of $A7.50 – to boys to pose for pornographic photos in his hotel rooms, and engage in sexual activity with other boys or with him.

More than 100,000 pornographic photos were found on his devices, dating back to 2008, relating to his frequent overseas trips.