Officer who admitted child porn charges named

Last updated 16:00 16/11/2010
Mark Napier
CRAIG SIMCOX/The Dominion Post
MARK NAPIER: A Lieutenant Commander in the Australian Navy formerly on secondment to the Australian Embassy in Wellington.

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A senior Australian Defence Force officer sent home in disgrace after admitting child pornography charges in Wellington has given up his bid for name suppression.

Mark Napier was ordered back to Canberra after his appearance in Wellington District Court on Friday where he was fined $11,200 on charges of possessing objectionable material.

Napier, 44, a lieutenant commander, had more than 40,000 pornographic images on his computer when police swooped in August after a tip-off from authorities in Luxembourg investigating internet sex crimes.

Napier waived diplomatic immunity, co-operated with the prosecution and pleaded guilty.

The court heard the images, of children aged between six and 13, were not the worst of their kind.

Napier's name had been suppressed but that secrecy ended at 4pm today. The suppression order did not prevent him being named in Australian media last week.

It is understood he had been working in the defence section of the Australian High Commission in Wellington and is now suspended from duty awaiting a decision on his future.

Napier had begun counselling in New Zealand and before leaving for home had already enrolled in a treatment programme in Canberra.

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