Scout leader jailed for child sex images

MICHELLE ROBINSON
Last updated 05:00 21/06/2012

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A former Scout leader has been sentenced to three years prison for possessing and distributing objectionable images involving adolescent boys and bestiality.  

Andrew Pybus, 39, was sentenced in Manukau District Court yesterday on five counts of possessing objectionable material and five charges of distributing objectionable material.

He was also charged with two counts of doing an indecent act in a public place, namely in a public toilet on the North Shore and in a cave at Piha, but those charges were dropped.

In relation the charges of distributing objectionable material it was revealed that between April 2010 and June 2011 Pybus distributed 198 files including images classed as more serious "grade five offending".  

He was found in possession of 485 images on his home computer, ranging from lower level offensive images of erotic posing, to sexual penetration of boys by adults and sexual acts between children.  

Some also depicted bestiality.  

His lawyer Jon Wiles said Pybus was more interested in posed images of pubescent boys, and the other material came to him by accident.

Pybus, who spent the last six months in Mt Eden Prison, was on parole for sexual connection with young boys at the time of the offending.

The earlier charges included indecent assault on a boy under 16 and unlawful sexual connection with boys under 12.  

Pybus, a Canadian national, is a former scout leader and coach of a children's ice hockey team and had also worked as a courier driver.  

Dressed tidily in a khaki jacket and jeans, Pybus clasped his hands in front of him during proceedings yesterday.  

He was supported in court by a business owner specialising in home maintenance who wrote a letter to the judge about his desire to hire Pybus.

In his letter he said Pybus was "a very good worker" and "can turn his hand to anything", Wiles said.  

Judge Charles Blackie said the sentence needed to act as a deterrent both to Pybus, especially considering his previous offending, and to other would be offenders. A community detention order would not have done that.

He gave a 20 per cent sentence discount for Pybus' guilty plea, but he expressed concern at Pybus' lack of remorse and sympathy to his victims.

Judge Blackie said the sentence needed to address New Zealand's fight against the international trade of child pornography.

"Internationally we're told between 10,000 and 100,000 children are abused in this way and images are distributed throughout the world," he said.  

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"The abuse is gross and depraved ...  The abuse has life lasting effects."

- Auckland Now

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