Community work and name suppression for child porn downloader

A Central Otago man who downloaded objectionable pornography including material at the highest level of classification has been sentenced to 120 hours' community work.

The 23-year-old appeared before Judge Mark Callaghan in Queenstown District Court for sentence on six charges of possessing objectionable publications, on October 10, 2013.

He was granted final name suppression to protect the identity of his family.

Police identified the man's computer downloading six objectionable image and video files, which included material at the most serious classification level, "category four" under United Kingdom guidelines.

Judge Callaghan said material included two video files, one five-minute file and an eight-minute file. When interviewed the man admitted downloading similar material for several years and deleting the files.

Category four material was reclassified in the UK as "class A" objectionable material under new guidelines adopted last year.

The judge said he did not see a need for supervision given favourable psychological reports and the interests of justice were served by a sentence of community work.

"This type of offending is pernicious and difficult to detect and it affects young persons or children. They deserve protection.

"If people do not access these internet sites they are less likely to be victimised."

Lawyer Liam Collins said his client gave a frank admission and account of his actions online.

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The young man wanted to be caught and voluntarily sought counselling while on remand, he said.

His client satisfied a psychologist that he had appropriate ways of dealing with his issues and hoped to attend university to study psychology and sociology.

"He was frank and honest and co-operative with the police.

"The images vary in terms of classes from the UK guidelines. At least two are category four [the most serious class].

"This is not the usual type of offending in my submission. It's less serious than, effectively, an adult who is fully formed."

Charges were laid under the Films, Videos and Publications Classifications Act.

 - Stuff

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