Man who downloaded child porn sentenced

Last updated 05:00 28/09/2013

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A 29-year-old Invercargill man downloaded objectionable material including child pornography, a court was told.

The man, who has interim name suppression , was sentenced in the Invercargill District Court yesterday by Judge Kevin Phillips on 10 charges of possessing objectionable material between December 21, 2009, and August 28 last year.

He was sentenced to five months' community detention, 200 hours' community work and 12 months' intensive supervision.

Judge Phillips said a pen drive containing child pornography was found at the man's former house and a search warrant was carried out at his new house.

The man was co-operative and showed police where the objectionable material was. Compact discs and DVDs were seized and some were found to contain child pornography, Judge Phillips said.

He had accessed websites and downloaded about 2000 photographic and 40 video files of females dressed provocatively or naked. Some were as young as 6, Judge Phillips said.

The man acknowledged the discs and pen drives were his and that he had downloaded and stored them.

His behaviour was abhorrent, Judge Phillips said.

Judge Phillips said the man had private counselling after his arrest, had not had computer access for a year and had been co-operative with police.

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- The Southland Times

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