A man forced as a child to dress in his sister's clothes by his violent, sadistic and abusive mother has been given a suspended jail sentence for the possession of child exploitation material.
James Sutton, 46, was sentenced in the South Australian District Court on Friday with Judge Jane Schammer saying his mother also beat and sexually abused him.
"She forced you to dress in your sister's clothes, leading you to continue to cross dress during your adult life," the judge said in her remarks.
"It is unsurprising that, as a result of your mother's treatment, you were highly confused as to sexual matters by the time you reached puberty."
Sutton pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of child exploitive material related to 64 images found on his phone, two USB sticks and two SD memory cards.
Judge Schammer said people who committed such crimes needed to understand that they were not victimless offences.
"It is because people have an interest in viewing the material that children are forced to commit the acts that are then photographed and displayed," she said.
"There is a need for the courts to send a strong message of deterrence, not only to you, but other people minded to engage in this type of offending."
But the judge said society would be better served for Sutton to remain in the community so he could continue to take part in programs designed to help sexual offenders and to continue his psychological treatment for his sexual and post-traumatic stress disorders.
She jailed him for just over eight months but suspended the term, placing him on a three-year good behaviour bond.