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South Australian MP Bernard Finnigan found guilty on child pornography charge

ABC News logo ABC News 10/11/2015
Independant South Australian MP Bernard Finnigan arrives at the District Court in Adelaide, © AAP Image/David Mariuz Independant South Australian MP Bernard Finnigan arrives at the District Court in Adelaide,

South Australian independent MP Bernard Finnigan has been found guilty of obtaining access to child pornography.

Finnigan was arrested at his Sefton Park home in April 2011 and charged with accessing child pornography between December 2010 and April 2011.

Finnigan's lawyer Michael Abbott QC has asked the judge not to record conviction now, but rather for that to be decided during sentencing.

The trial, which began in April this year, was heard by Judge Steven Millsteed alone.

Sentencing submissions will be heard on November 30.

Finnigan was also acquitted of a charge of attempting to obtain access to child pornography.

Finnigan was re-elected as a Labor MLC (Member of the Legislative Council) at the 2010 election, but resigned as a Government minister in early 2011 to sit on the cross bench.

He continued to sit in the Legislative Council as an independent and would be due to face voters in the 2018 election.

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