'No quick fix' for collector of child porn

LAIRD HARPER
Last updated 05:00 22/11/2012

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A Hawera man caught with hundreds of images of child porn has been jailed for a year.

Callun Andrew Leo Signal, 20, a retail sales assistant, had pleaded guilty to 14 counts of possessing objectionable material earlier this year.

The Hawera District Court was told yesterday that Signal was arrested in March, after authorities in the US alerted New Zealand's Department of Internal Affairs to his illegal downloading.

A laptop was seized and 521 objectionable images or movies were discovered.

Crown prosecutor Justin Marinovich pushed for a sentence of imprisonment to act as a deterrent to others.

Mr Marinovich said many of the images or movies involved adults and young boys and was nothing short of rape.

He explained that images of this nature were categorised into five levels.

Some of the images found on Signal's computer were deemed to be in the second-worst category, with at least one classed in the worst category, which included bestiality.

Defence lawyer Neal Harding said Signal had the support of his family who wanted him to find help but in no way condoned his behaviour.

He said Signal's actions would "continue to trouble the family for a very long time".

Mr Harding pushed for home detention as his client had engaged with counselling and did not attempt to minimise his offending.

He said there was still hope counselling might stick with the young man.

Judge Allan Roberts was having none of it.

He said Signal's cravings were evident and the internet "allowed people to trawl through and download this toxic rubbish".

Judge Roberts said there was no quick fix for Signal who was drawn to "unmitigated filth".

He also ordered the destruction of a computer.

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