Sth Canty father appears on sex charges

STAFF REPORTER
Last updated 11:54 13/02/2013

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A South Canterbury father caught up in a child sex sting in which his 18-month-old son was offered for sexual gratification for $500 was granted continued interim name suppression when he appeared in the Oamaru District Court this morning.

He faces 40 charges, including sexual violation, indecent assault, and making, distributing and possessing an objectionable publication.

His child, is in Child, Youth and Family care, but is being looked after by his family.

Judge Joanna Maze declined to name the accused, who was granted bail.

The summary of facts and the charges were not read out so the packed courthouse was unaware of the sensitive charges the accused faces.

The matter was adjourned until April 17 for a post committal conference at the Oamaru District Court to allow the accused to get disclosure and legal advice on the indictably laid charges.

The charges followed a North Island paedophile admitting a raft of horrific offences against children after New Zealand police infiltrated an international "spider web" of child abusers.

Aaron John Ellmers, 41, was arrested in Christchurch, and police say their intervention rescued four New Zealand children, ranging in age from 13 months to 13 years, from further abuse.

Ellmers appeared in the Hastings District Court last week and admitted multiple child sex offences that Crown lawyer Steve Manning described as among the country's worst.

One of the offences involved Ellmers offering $500 to a third party for "sexual gratification" with the South Canterbury man's 18-month-old son.

The father, who cannot be named, had posted images of his son on a website. Ellmers, a Hastings truck driver, was arrested before he could offend against the toddler.

A third man, 24, from Auckland, has admitted 20 charges of sharing and possessing images of child sexual abuse. 

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- The Timaru Herald

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