A 73-year-old man who recorded sexual activities on Facebook and had images of babies and toddlers being abused has been jailed for three years.
Dennis John Batchelor was sentenced today on one charge of making an objectionable publication, 13 charges of distributing them and 16 of being in possession of them under the Films, Videos and Publications Classification Act.
Crown prosecutor Claire Bouchier said the offending occurred in Batchelor's home, where he made covert recordings over the internet.
He was found with 1300 images and videos, including babies and toddlers being sexually abused by adults.
Defence counsel Michael McKay said Batchelor knew he needed help.
Judge Paul Kellar said Batchelor's victims were vulnerable and the extent of harm caused to them was immense.
He said the way the files were organised showed premeditation, and Batchelor was planning to build up a library of images since he started offending in 2002.
The posting of multiple objectionable images on Facebook was picked up by the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children in the United States.
Judge Kellar said he had the distasteful task of viewing the images, which were as bad as they could get.
He said the offending was unimaginable and degrading, and must cause incalculable harm to the children depicted.
He said Batchelor had a previous conviction in 1967 of indecent assault on a girl, and another three in 1987.
Judge Kellar sentenced him to three years' prison and ordered the destruction of all the computer equipment, software and images.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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