Predator says text to victim was 'accidental'
Online sex predator Cameron Stuart Hore has ended up back in prison for three months for what he claims was an "accidental" text message to an earlier victim.
The text led to Hore being charged with a breach of his parole conditions only eight days after his release from a four-year, one-month jail term.
He pleaded guilty but then took some time to consider whether he wanted to withdraw the plea. Today, defence counsel Craig Ruane told the Christchurch District Court that Hore would maintain the guilty plea and sentencing could go ahead.
Judge Emma Smith fined Hore $500 after hearing that in the meantime the Parole Board has recalled him to prison to serve another three months of his sentence. He will be considered for release again in February.
Hore was sentenced in July 2012 in the High Court at Christchurch for two charges of blackmail, two of obtaining credit by deception, and eight of sexual exploitation or attempted sexual exploitation. He had posed as a young woman online to carry out sexual exploitation of his victims when he eventually met them.
Hore is deaf and had a sign language interpreter helping him in court.
Ruane told the court Hore said he had sent the text accidentally.
He had sent the message "What you up to?" on a cellphone that he had been given back after his release from prison. He had sent it as a group message but had not realised that the group included an earlier victim, who complained to the police.
Ruane said parole had also been stopped because the offer of accommodation with a family member had been withdrawn. He asked for the judge to grant a conviction and discharge.
Judge Smith said she could not decide where the truth lay - whether it had been a group text, or sent individually.
But she warned Hore that any further contact with victims - inadvertently or not - would likely result in an extension of his prison term.
She noted that he accepted that his victims had suffered because of his offending.