Intimate videos admitted

Last updated 15:00 08/02/2013

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A Christchurch Christian journalist has admitted making intimate videos of a student at home and a 5-year-old girl at a church expo.

John Raymond McNeil, 67, formerly of Marlborough was granted home detention at his Christchurch District Court sentencing yesterday, but his internet access will be blocked as part of the sentence.

He was found with 1000 child-pornography images on his computer, which he had viewed on the internet, and three videos he had made.

He had admitted three charges of making intimate visual recordings and 40 charges of possessing objectionable publications - images and stories.

One video showed a student at her home, one was videoed up the skirt of a 5-year-old girl at a church expo and the third was taken up the skirt of an unidentified young woman walking in the Halswell Quarry.

McNeil is described as a veteran newspaper and radio journalist and South Island editor of Challenge Weekly, a non-denominational and independent Christian newspaper.

Defence counsel Craig Ruane said a suitable address had been found for McNeil to serve a home-detention sentence, an issue that had led to sentencing being delayed in December.

He said McNeil would be able to continue with his work on computers, without having internet access.

Judge Raoul Neave said the images showed young girls and pre-pubescent teenagers displaying themselves in sexually explicit ways.

It was serious offending and a deterrent sentence was required. He sentenced McNeil to seven months' home detention with special conditions and 200 hours of community work. Fairfax NZ

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- The Marlborough Express

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