Child exploitation charges for Hastings man

Last updated 11:15 02/07/2014

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A Hastings man who police say viewed online child exploitation allegedly went on to make his own recordings.

The 47-year-old unemployed man appeared in the Hastings District Court today on 33 charges of making an intimate visual recording.

He also faces one charge of unlawful sexual connection with a person aged under 16 and six charges of doing an indecent act.

He was granted interim name suppression and was bailed to reappear on July 22.

Police said the man was charged following an investigation by the Hawke's Bay Police Child Protection Team and the Department of Internal Affairs.

Detective Sergeant Tim Smith said the case was an example of how one person's alleged viewing of online child exploitation material "has allegedly led to direct-contact offending against vulnerable young people, due to an urge to record or make their own intimate images".

The alleged victims were being supported and Smith said further possible victims were being identified as the investigation progressed.

More charges were likely.

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- The Dominion Post

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