Man jailed for child abuse videos

Last updated 10:24 27/05/2014

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A Tauranga man has been jailed for two years two months on multiple charges involving child sexual abuse movies and other images.

Gregory Todd Stewart, 48, self-employed, of Welcome Bay had plead guilty to four charges of making and 12 of possessing objectionable publications.

An Internal Affairs publications inspector discovered Stewart downloading movie and image files from the internet, the department said today.

Stewart was tracked to a Papamoa Beach address, where he admitted collecting and possessing objectionable material.

In the Tauranga District Court yesterday Judge Thomas Ingram said the offending required imprisonment.

It was clearly premeditated behaviour and the community needed protection.

A search of Stewart's computer equipment showed he had made four DVDs containing 26 movies of girls aged between four and 14, involved in sexual activity with men.

He had about 11,000 sexual image files of girls ranging from seven through to late teens and an extensive history of seeking and acquiring child abuse images and material.

Internal Affairs community safety manager Steve O'Brien said in a statement the sentence was a warning to others "who think they're safe in the confines of their home

"People may think they're anonymous on the internet but they should think again," he said.

"We have demonstrated we can track them down and get the necessary evidence, despite best efforts to conceal offending.

"Trading or viewing child sex abuse images is not passive offending, or a victimless crime, because it involves real children forced into degrading acts and condones the abuse they suffer."

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- Waikato Times

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