Former porn trader caught trying to take pictures of young women in Oriental Bay

A former pornographer was caught pointing a smartphone at women in swimsuits on Oriental Bay.
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A former pornographer was caught pointing a smartphone at women in swimsuits on Oriental Bay.

A New Zealand man who was caught in an international sting operation to shut down his internet porn ring had been trying to use a cellphone to take pictures of young people in Oriental Bay.

Daniel Jess Moore was the subject of an operation in 2008 started by the American Secret Service and involving New Zealand Police and Internal Affairs.  An American man he had been working with dobbed him in.

In 2010 he was finally jailed for 4½ years.  

In February and March this year, by which time he was out of prison on release conditions that prevented him having an internet-capable device and taking or capturing images, he was caught near the Freyberg pool with a smartphone.

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Wellington District Court judge Denys Barry said on Thursday he had possibly been photographing young women in swimsuits.

The condition had been imposed to protect the public, but also to restrict Moore from taking pictures or obtaining objectionable material.

Moore was also undergoing intensive supervision and counselling.

The judge, after hearing that probation officers did not consider him suitable for community work, convicted and discharged him.

Moore had been caught before, filming under the dress of a woman on Oriental Parade in 2009, and had previously been sentenced for trading in internet pornography.

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When he was caught by police in 2009, he was keeping tens of thousands of images and videos of children being abused. He traded with other hardcore pornography traders, wrote encrytion programmes to keep his site safe, and ran chatrooms.

The detective leading the operation that caught him said at the time that Moore was probably the most serious pornography trader New Zealand had seen. "He was effectively running an organised criminal group."

No images of New Zealand children were believed to have been traded.

 - Stuff

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